Pupils who think history is just about kings, queens and battles are in for a shock with this mind-boggling journey through 3 million years asking the simple, but intriguing question: why do people play sport?

Our quest begins millions of years ago in the Stone Ages with the first human ancestors who learned to walk on two feet, giving them freely available hands – essential for playing sport. The story then covers a dizzying array of cultures from hunter-gatherer cave people to the Greeks, Romans, Aztecs, Tudors, Victorians and ending with the revival of the modern Olympics and London 2012. First given at City Hall, London in May 2012.


Stone ages, Hunter-gathering, Ancient Greece, Roman Empire, Islamic conquests, Aztecs, Tudors, Victorian, Modern Olympic movement

Key Stage

Year 1 to A -Level / Adult audiences