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Physical training and activity — Mind sports — Defendant adopting policy definition of sport as incorporating physical activity 

24 November 2015

Regina (English Bridge Union Ltd) v English Sports Council (Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, intervening) [2015] EWHC 2875 (Admin); [2015] WLR (D)  421

QBD:  Dove J  

  • 15 October 2015

The phrase “physical training and recreation” in section 3(1)(a) of the Physical Training and Recreation Act 1937 solely related to physical activity and physical recreation, so that the defendant was not in error in adopting a policy containing a definition of sport which excluded “mind sports”.

Dove J so held in the Queen’s Bench Division in dismissing a claim for judicial review by the claimant, the English Bridge Union Ltd, that the defendant, the English Sports Council, erred in law in adopting a policy which contained a definition of sport derived from article 2(1) of the European Sports Charter (1992), which incorporated physical activi...

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