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National Sporting Heritage Day 2018

September 30, 2018

Why do we need a
National Sporting Heritage Day?


The National Sporting Heritage Day will celebrate the power of sporting heritage by helping people and communities learn more about the past, themselves, and each other. Evidence is clear that sporting heritage engages non-traditional audiences with both culture and sport, re-engages children, young people and adults with learning, and supports new and exciting community partnerships in the long-term. To date, however, sporting heritage has often been underdeveloped and underfunded leading to a loss of important collections and stories, and with it, a loss of opportunities to engage people in a range of new opportunities. The National Sporting Heritage Day aims to redress this balance and place sporting heritage at the forefront of the nation’s heritage collections and learning provision.


National Sporting Heritage Day aims to:


encourage organisations across the country to take part – take a look below for ideas about what you could do

give clear messages about how sporting heritage provides benefits to learners across a range of ages and backgrounds

demonstrate the impact of sporting heritage for organisations such as museums, schools, community groups, and sports clubs

support education providers to understand how to embed sporting heritage within their provision, and which settings can support their work

work with sports clubs, governing bodies and associated organisations to increase the understanding of the power of sporting heritage and their role in this field

encourage investment to support more involvement in the National Sporting Heritage Day and the activities which contribute to the event



What is Sporting Heritage?



Sporting heritage tells the story of the history of sport and how it links to the development of our society. It is weaved in with the nations’ social history – the development of the railways, Victorian society, advances in science, women’s rights, and sport and the armed services.




Sporting heritage is made up of objects and archives, but also oral history stories about experiences relating to sport, video of past events and teams, and photographic evidence.


Sporting heritage connects communities and is fundamentally important to many as part of their own identity. It is present in all of our societies, whether in formal establishments such as museums and archives, or through individual collectors and sports clubs. Sporting heritage has the power to inspire the next generation of athletes. It could be claimed that Sporting heritage is the people’s collection!


Why should my organisation get involved?



Sporting heritage sparks the imagination of people across class, gender and cultural backgrounds. By developing programmes that involve sporting heritage, organisations can appeal to new audiences, develop a greater knowledge and understanding of sporting collections, develop new partnerships with local communities and organisations, and increase interest in sport and heritage.

Opportunities to get involved include:


Inspiring pupils to learn: Sporting heritage inspires children in their learning, making a particular difference to under-achieving children. Its many links to social history, combined with the scientific, aesthetic and numerical aspects of sport, lend themselves to cross-curricular learning.



Intergenerational opportunities: Sporting heritage bridges the generation gap. The subject often allows children and young people to understand more about older generations and vice versa for the first time.


Community development: Sporting heritage supports a greater understanding of different communities and cultures through the universal language of sport, often through increasing knowledge and understanding of local communities.


The next generation of sports participants and fans: By encouraging a greater understanding of the sporting past and the centrality of sporting heritage to local communities, the theme of sporting heritage can inspire the next generation of sports fans, and encourage increased active participation in sport.


Collecting and preserving sporting heritage: Many organisations and community groups have sporting heritage collections. However, often they are at-risk of loss or destruction, hidden within larger collections and not used, or owned by private individuals unable to provide access to the objects. National Sporting Heritage Day will help to raise awareness of these collections, bring new objects and stories to light, and support a growth in collections knowledge and preservation care for existing collections.





What type of organisations should get involved?


National Sporting Heritage Day is relevant for any organisation that works with audiences and / or preserves the heritage of the nation. The following gives an example of the types of organisations we think would benefit from being involved:





Historic houses



Local history Groups

Sports clubs or foundations

Sport governing bodies

Arts organisations

Adult learning providers

Home school groups

Community groups or organisations


What type of activity could I deliver for National Sporting Heritage Day?


Although National Sporting Heritage Day takes place on the 30thSeptember 2014, you do not need to limit your activity to this day alone. You will probably want to spend time developing your project, and perhaps use the day itself as an opportunity to share your programme with others, or involve new people in your work.


The following gives a few ideas of the type of activities you could deliver and are just as suitable for small local sports clubs as they are for large museums and historical institutions. The key is to find the story that links your organisation to sport and WW1 and use this to explore wider issues as a result. Whether you chose to do this through an exhibition, themed workshops, craft sessions, theatrical plays, skills development sessions, re-enactments, a tea-party or a street party, a call for relevant objects, or an oral history project is up to you!