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Title: The Survival of Traditional Sports

The Survival of Traditional Sports Festivals in
Mr. Leighton Sport and Culture.
What do you think of?
  • Morris dancers?
  • Toe wrestlers?
  • Pancake racers?
  • Wife carriers?
  • What about hanging up mistletoe?
  • Going to a Halloween party?
  • Eating hot crossed buns at Easter?

The British Isles are rich in surviving festivals
  • Many are linked to the seasons the rhythm of
    country life.
  • Many are medieval or pagan(religious) In origin,
    as the country itself came from tribal societies.
  • They did, however draw criticism and attack for
    reasons such as
  • The reformation (which took power from the church
    to the crown)
  • The second world war, followed by modern
    technology improving.
  • Concern over danger to participants.

The Highland Games.
  • Activities such as
  • Tossing the caber
  • Throwing the hammer
  • Putting the stone
  • Foot (fell) running
  • Wrestling
  • The festivals also involve bagpipe music,
    drinking sword dancing
  • They are grand social occasions as well as a
    display of athleticism in keeping with the needs
    of a hardy lifestyle sometimes severe

Some other examples
  • Cheese Rolling- done on Coopers Hill in
    Gloucester- it happens every spring bank holiday
    and is now a major attraction for spectators and
    the media. The cheese rolls at around 70mph!
  • Clip...

Robert Dovers Cotswold Olympics
  • A multi-sport occasion established during the
    reign of James 1 in 1605 was annual until
    hooligan behaviour disrupted it.
  • The events included throwing the sledgehammer,
    sword fighting and wrestling.
  • Revived in 1963 it still continues today
    including shin kicking!

The Characteristics of surviving ethnic sports
why they survive
  • Occasional/annual a desire to escape from the
    pressures of modern living go back to a simple
    way of life
  • Tourism always popular with people initially
    walking to the festivals, then with technology
    transport people flock to watch such events.
  • Local
  • Traditional celebrates the past
  • Social very imp soc occasion
  • Ritualistic frequent, evidence of medieval
    ritual in costume etc.

Characteristics (cont)
  • Relatively isolated the inaccessibility of some
    rural areas allows local customs to prevail.
  • Rowdy traditionally these occasions were
    associated with drink, singing celebrations of
    lower class people- the pub is usually the focal
    point or the birthplace of some of the games.

Group Project
  • In small groups complete a short detailed
    presentation on one ethnic festival that still
    exists today. 4 sides maximum that can be used by
    other members of the class for reference
  • Consider the use of PowerPoint to assist you/
    worksheet etc.

To help you
  • Haxey hood game
  • Highland games
  • Lakeland games
  • Obby Oss festival Padstow
  • Doggett coat badge
  • Hallaton Bottle kicking hare pie scramble
  • The Corff Castle game

To help you
  • www.chipping
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