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The Survival of Traditional Sports & Festivals in Britain. 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?.

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what do you think of
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 customs
The British Isles are rich in surviving festivals &customs.
  • 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.
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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 conditions.
some other examples
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
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
Local

Traditional – celebrates the past

Social – very imp soc occasion

Ritualistic – frequent, evidence of medieval ritual in costume etc.

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.

The Characteristics of surviving ethnic sports & why they survive…
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.

Characteristics (cont)
group project
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 purposes.
  • Consider the use of PowerPoint to assist you/ worksheet etc.
to help you
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 you11
To help you…
  • www.chipping campden.co.uk./doversflyer.htm
  • www.albagames.co.uk
  • www.derbyshireuk.net/dcustom4.html
  • http://englishculture.allinfoabout.com/features/shrove3.html
  • www.visitbritain.com/uk/outdoorbritain/very_british_activities/cheese_rolling.htm