The emergence and development of disability sport
In Chapter 1 we explored some of the key theories and concepts that provide an important backcloth for understanding some of the complex relationships between modern sport, disability and other aspects of society. By drawing on these theories and concepts, the purpose of this chapter is to examine the emergence and development of disability sport which, as we shall explain, is a process the roots of which can be traced back to Britain, specifically England, during the 1940s. In doing so, we shall draw on data generated from interviews with several key administrators who have played an important role in the emergence and development of disability sport in England. We also draw on data derived from documentary analyses of government reports, conference summaries and the annual reports of key organizations in the hope of providing an account of the emergence and development of disability sport in England that has a degree of adequacy.