The British Army has long believed that sport prepares men for combat by increasing fitness, channelling aggression, and focusing the mind. Sport serves to strengthen the ties between men, instilling discipline and readiness to serve a common cause.
Sport has always been important for morale. It reinforces group identity and makes soldiers ready to serve a shared cause even in the most difficult circumstances.
Although factors like patriotism, financial security and the chance to travel have persuaded men and women to enlist, sport has also played a major role in British Army recruitment.
The British Army has long believed that sport prepares men and women for combat by increasing fitness, channelling aggression, and instilling discipline.
The British Army has established many of the sports we know and love today and helped to spread them throughout the world.
Adventure training is an important part of life in the modern British Army. But Major Bronco Lane lost more than he expected on his expedition to Mount Everest in 1976.
19 February 2021, 12.00pm
Discover the links between the sporting and military worlds in the British imagination from the colonial campaigns of the Victorian age to the War on Terror.
KS2-KS4 (Ages 7 to 16)
Explore the life and times of Walter Tull, one of Britain’s first black army officers, who served during the First World War.
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