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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

Hilary Corlett (1924 - 2014)

We are sad to report the death of Hilary Corlett (1945).  Hilary went to The Belvedere School Liverpool from 1929-1942, after which she was at Bedford Physical Training College from 1942-1945 where she was Senior Student. Hilary taught at Malvern Girls College from 1945-1955 and then moved to lecture at I.M.Marsh College of PE from 1955-1968. Her next post was as a Principal Lecturer at Chelsea College of PE where she stayed until 1976. She spent a few years at East Sussex College of Higher Education and Brighton Polytechnic before taking early retirement in 1980.

Further information can be found in the 'Latest News' and we would welcome other memories of Hilary.

Please send to joanne.mckeown@ beds.ac.uk