This book sets out to celebrate physical education and sport, and by doing so, encourage the educational establishment to embrace the subject area as a vehicle for the complete development of the individual. In addition, it shows that the benefits of physical activity far outweigh the shallow claims of populous magazines - there are benefits for the individual, the community and for society as a whole. Laker contends that the importance of physical education and sport in many areas of social life has been overlooked at best, and misused at worst. Physical activity has a vast contribution to make, not only as a topic of small talk on a Monday morning, but also to the personal and social development of individuals and possibly to the well-being of the global community as a whole. This book explores the land 'beyond the boundaries of the game.'
'Laker's arguments are persuasive … What is new about his work is the author's ambitious attempt to locate these ideas and ideals within the mainstream of curriculum practice … Laker has the advantage of living and working in both the USA and the UK, and he brings his experiences and knowledge of both countries to this book.' - David Kirk, Teachers College Record