Board of Education: Technical Branch: Local Education Authority Physical Training and Recreation, Files
Files of the Board of Education Technical Branch relating to the administration of facilities for physical training and recreation provided by Local Education Authorities.
The papers record the provision made by Local Education Authorities of community centres, playing fields, swimming baths, recreative centres, and course, during the brief periods of extended facilities referred to below.
Alphabetical in county and county borough order for England and Wales.
Local Education Authorities were empowered under s. 17 of the Education Act, 1918, re-enacted as Section 86 of the Education Act, 1921 (subsequently re-enacted as Section 53 of the Education Act, 1944), to make provision for the social and physical training of children, young persons, and persons over the age of 18, in attendance at an educational institution. Courses of training provided under the Local Education Authority's arrangements for further education were subject to the current Regulations for Further Education in regard to attendance, inspection, organisation, and registration.
Facilities under s. 86 of the Education Act, 1921, were subsequently extended to young persons and adults not in full time attendance at schools or educational institutions; the terms of s. 6 of the Physical Training and Recreation Act, 1937, referred to 'persons of whatever age'.
These facilities ceased in 1940 with the suspension of the Physical Training and Recreation Act, 1937, for the duration of the war. Post-war provision reverted, so far as this department is concerned, with the repeal of Section 6 of the Physical Training and Recreation Act, 1937, by the Education Act, 1944, to those attendance at educational institutions.
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