Fighting Fit

For many at school it was a chore, though others loved it - PE.

Fi Glover explores the reputation of school PE, and uncovers a surprising history of political interference, military muscle and moral panics about children's health.

She also learns about the origins of the vaulting horse and the invention of the gym slip, and participates in Britain's last surviving example of 19th-century school drill - though she declines to wear the regulation outfit.

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For many at school it was a chore, though others loved it - PE.

Fi Glover explores the reputation of school PE, and uncovers a surprising history of political interference, military muscle and moral panics about children's health.

She also learns about the origins of the vaulting horse and the invention of the gym slip, and participates in Britain's last surviving example of 19th-century school drill - though she declines to wear the regulation outfit.