Curriculum linked sporting history tours of London

Date Posted: 07/07/2015

Students of all Key Stages can learn about London’s sporting history by attending a range of Blue Badge guided walks and tours.

Three Blue Badge guides who worked together during the London Olympics have launched Sporting Tours of London, a series of guided tours, which educate pupils about the history of sport in London.

The tours are appropriately tailored to the students’ age group and are bespoke to different areas of the National Curriculum. Sporting Tours can incorporate subjects such as regeneration, legacy, sustainability, geography and multiculturalism into the walks. To ensure pupils receive the best possible experience, the company speaks to the lead teacher beforehand to customise all aspects of the experience.

The walking tours accommodate 25 to 30 children per guide.

Below are three examples of the tours hosted by Sporting Tours of London.

Tour of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

This guided walk teaches students about how one of the most deprived areas in the country has been rejuvenated from a former industrial wasteland to the home of a number of world class sporting venues by the Olympic Games.

The tour serves up information about the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, the Velodrome, the Copper Box Arena, the East Village and the former Olympic and Paralympic Village. If pre-arranged, students can take an interior visit of the Aquatics Centre, the Copper Box arena and the Velodrome.

Although the tour is recommended as a walking tour, it can be combined with a coach trip to leave time for visits to other sporting venues.

Sporting London Walk

This guided walk is suitable to students of all Key Stages and teaches pupils about sites with sporting connections in the capital.

The topics covered include sporting pastimes dating back to the Tudor period such as hunting, jousting, bear baiting and tennis. Pupils can also learn about Henry VIII, the economic benefits to towns and cities of hosting major sporting events and the Physical Education lessons introduced in public schools in the 19th century.

Additionally, the guided walk features the Tom Cribb pub and the Lamb and Flag pub where students will be taught about bare-knuckle boxing, a sport which although technically illegal, was nevertheless endorsed by royalty, the aristocracy and Government ministers.

Groups will also discover the history behind the world’s oldest rowing competition, Doggett’s coat and badge race, a four and a half-mile contest from London Bridge to Cadogan Pier in Chelsea (next to Albert Bridge.)

Other stops on the walk include the All Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the site of the 2012 beach volleyball competition and the finishing stretch of the Olympic marathon.

Sporting London Coach Tour

This guided tour encompasses much of the Sporting London Walk tour but has the potential to cover a lot more ground. School groups will see football stadia from all across London such as Stamford Bridge (Chelsea,) Loftus Road (Queens Park Rangers,) Craven Cottage (Fulham,) the Emirates (Arsenal) and the Boleyn Ground (or Upton Park as it is known to West Ham fans.) They will also see cricket grounds such as Lords and the Oval and several venues where the Olympics were hosted.

If the tour finishes at a stadium, it is possible to arrange an interior tour for the group with the venue’s own guides.

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