Eastern Sports Council

Scope and Content

Contains reports, correspondence and related papers.

Administrative / Biographical History

The influential Wolfenden Report published in 1960 had identified that Britain's infrastructure of sporting facilities was deeply inadequate compared with many other advanced industrialised nations and recommended the introduction of a 'Sports Development Council' to act as a focal point for the development of a new generation of athletic tracks, swimming pools and multi-purpose sport centres.

Under the new Labour government of 1964, Denis Howell was appointed as the first Minister for Sport. He established a Sports Council and created a system of Regional Sports Councils to assess needs and stimulate local authorities in the development of a new generation of municipal sports facilities.

The Eastern Sports Council was established in 1965 and was a consortium of local authorities in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.