Friday, 17 February
Physical culture for radicals: A talk and discussion on the possibilities of sports, fitness and politics today
"We do not want to breed master athletes and chase records. We want to strengthen the people." -Julius Deutsch
Between the brutal sham of the Qatar World Cup, a decade of austerity that has seen the closing of leisure centres up and down the country, and the recent court ruling banning wild camping in Dartmoor, the joy and freedom of physical activity are increasingly under attack. These developments are robbing us of our leisure time and community spaces.
At the same time, people are busy building alternatives. Community sports associations, red gyms, non-league football and many other kinds of organisations continue to flourish. Sports and leisure are still a place where people are self-organising and strengthening ties of solidarity and friendship. As radicals, how do we best contribute to building a lively, independent physical culture? What are the political possibilities of sports and fitness?
Underdog Sports Club invites you to discuss and reflect on these questions through a talk on the work of Julius Deutsch. Deutsch was active in the workers movement in Vienna in the 1920s and 30s, organising sports associations and self-defence leagues. He wrote extensively on the importance of sports and fitness for building independent and combative working-class culture. In this talk and discussion, we will bring these historical perspectives to bear on our current situation.
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