Phyllis Enid SPAFFORD (1888-1990)

Administrative / Biographical History

A former student of Bedford Physical Training College (1908-1910), Phyllis Spafford's first teaching post was at Bolton High School for Girls, followed by an appointment at Edinburgh Ladies' College before she arrived at Froebel Educational Institute, Roehampton in 1922.

In 1932 Phyllis was appointed Secretary of the Ling Association (renamed Ling Physical Education Association in 1937) whose purpose was to guide the training of those teaching or organising physical education and support their work. Alongside Phyllis Colson and Cicely Read, Phyllis served on the Education and Recreation Sub-Committee of the Research Board for the Correlation of Medical Science and Physical Education (1943-1946), contributing to a report which considered the place of physical education in the reconstruction of the post-war education system in England and Wales.

Phyllis retired in 1949 but was persuaded to return to Bedford Physical Training College as Principal for a limited period of two years following the sudden death of the Principal, Cicely Read. Phyllis was awarded the King Gustavus Gold Medal (1949) in recognition of her services for the Ling Association, and received the OBE (1949) for her outstanding contribution to the physical education profession.