The Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom

Scope and Content

Contains publications produced by the Physical Education Association, committee papers, programmes, and papers realting to its membership and interests.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Physical Education Association had its origins in the foundation of the Ling Physical Education Association (LPEA) in 1899, which was created following discussions for an association for gymnastics teachers. Members of the Bergman-Österberg Union joined forces with the LPEA to form the Ling Association in 1919.

The introduction of the University of London Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Physical Education in 1930 was largely the result of the efforts of the Ling Association.

The Ling Association once again became the Ling Physical Education Association in 1937 and identified as its main objectives to guide the training of those "teaching or organising physical education" and support their work. The latter was done mainly via the regular publications Leaflet and the Journal of Physical Education which were combined in 1970 to create the British Journal of Physical Education .

In 1947 LPEA began working closely with the National Association of Organisers and Lecturers of Physical Education (NAOLPE) to enhance the development of physical education.

Further changes of name occurred in 1956 to the Physical Education Association of Great Britain & Northern Ireland and in 1992 to the Physical Education Association of the United Kingdom (PEA UK).

In 2005 members voted to dissolve PEA UK and reform with the British Association of Advisers and Lecturers of Physical Education to create the Association for Physical Education.

Eileen Alexander, Principal of Bedford College of Physical Education, served as President of the PEA UK for 1959-1961.