New Book: Thomas Arthur Leonard and the Co-operative Holidays Association: Joy in widest commonalty spread

Dr Douglas Hope is pleased to share with you news of his new book. Building on the work previously posted here.

This book focuses on Thomas Arthur Leonard, a Congregational minister in Colne, Lancashire in the 1890s, and the Co-operative Holidays Association, which he founded in 1893 and which operated as an independent provider of outdoor holidays until 2002. Leonard also founded the Holiday Fellowship, which continues to trade as HF Holidays, in 1913 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Youth Hostels Association in 1930 and the formation of the Ramblers’ Association in 1935.

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A shift to the overt?


By Professor David Crouch
University of Derby

Almost occluded from popular discussion is the vulnerability and loss of publicly owned or managed sites, indoor and outdoor in countries across the world. The UK is no exception to this. More widely ‘austerity measures’ are followed by so called ‘easy losers’ [sic]: city parks however small; public halls, clubs for younger and others for older individuals and gatherings.

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Debating Sport and the Arts: aesthetics and representation


By Jonathan Long
Institute for Sport, Physical Activity and Leisure
Leeds Beckett University (UK)

For the second in a series of three seminars for our AHRC research network (for background see the LSA blog: we swapped the sporting environment of the National Football Museum ( for the artier environs of The Watershed in Bristol.  This time the theme was ‘aesthetics and representation’.

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Playing Pasts


Launched in September 2016 – Playing Pasts is aimed at anyone with an interest in the field of sport and leisure history.  The brainchild of the Sport and Leisure History Research team (SpLeisH) at Manchester Metropolitan University Cheshire the magazine is presented as an online publication and the only online magazine dedicated solely to the history of Sport and Leisure. LSA members are encouraged to submit!

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LSA Chair’s Report Winter 2016

There have been a number of developments since the last update. Foremost was the annual conference hosted last July by Liverpool John Moores University which was, in the LSA tradition, informative, stimulating and enjoyable. I would like to record my thanks to the University and especially the conference organizing committee for all the hard work that went into making this a successful event.

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Expressions of interest: LSA 2018 conference

LSA 2018 – Call for Expressions of Interest

Expressions of Interest in hosting the Leisure Studies Association Annual Conference of 2018 are invited.

Institutions should provide a proposal which includes details of the following items:

Title of Conference



Themes and Sub- themes

Details of the Conference Organising Committee, including principal contact.

Description of the target audience

Indication of Keynote Speakers

Statement of the suitability of venue for the conference and details of accommodation / catering / accessibility / presentation facilities and support

Conference budget with details of expected income and of fixed and variable costs. Please note that the budget must include a contribution of £1,500 to the Leisure Studies Association. The host institution will also be expected to share 50% of any surplus income with the Association; the above contribution does not form part of this share. The Association will actively support the promotion of the conference through its website and social media channels.

The proposal must confirm that:

The host institution will work co-operatively with the Leisure Studies Association to charge delegates who are non-members a fee which includes one year’s membership of the Association and to transfer the monies raised to the Association.

Queries should be addressed to Dr. Bob Snape, Chair of the Association:

Bids should be submitted to 5.00 p.m. 24th February 2017.