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HistoryBedford Physical Training College was founded in 1903. Since then over 100,000 students have passed through our doors...
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Welcome to the BPEOSA Website

The site has been set up to keep members informed of the activities of the Association, as well as make available a range of historically significant papers and articles. This is the content of the restricted area of the site.

 The site complements the Annual BPEOSA Report which has further detail of members' activities. 

The unrestricted area shares with readers a brief history of Physical Education at Bedford, how the Old Students' Association is run and managed and also includes information about the funding opportunities that the Association offers.

In addition readers can find information on:-

  • The Bedford Physical Education Archive – now managed by a Director and employing a qualified Archivist
  • Research being carried out at the University of Bedfordshire. 
  • Merchandise developed by the Association

You are welcome to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in our work – we are always pleased to engage in debate about physical education past and present.


Joining the Association

Former members of Bedford Physical Education can now pay their annual subscriptions or join the Association online via Paypal. See the How to join option.

It is possible for others to join the Association. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a member.

Margaret Whitehead


Sunday September 21st 2014,

10.00am - 5.00pm

Venue: University of Bedfordshire, Polhill Avenue, Bedford MK41 9EA

Cost: £28
(concessions available) Includes tea and biscuits.

To book: Susi Thornton: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; 01784 433480; or write Ivy Cottage, Clockhouse Lane East, Egham, TW208PF

The Laban Movement Choir Project (LMCP) was invited to develop a Movement Choir to contribute to a number of World War One (WW1) commemorative events during 2014. In order to prepare appropriately members of the LMCP visited The Fusilier Museum London to look at some of the material from the museum's collection appertaining to the First World War. The letters, diaries and photographs became stimuli to inform the choreographic structure of the Movement Choir.

Our Movement Choir approached this challenging subject matter with great sensitivity. One dancer wrote: "It was a perfect combination of being taught set motifs as well as being given opportunities to be creative ourselves" This is a feature of all our Movement Choirs. A Movement Choir offers space for dancers to be creative: independently, with another and in small and large groups, always supported by extensive guidance. Another element of the Movement Choir is the opportunity for groups to have experience of synergy ( synchronous movement,) when the whole group move together.