History KS3 / GCSE: What can cricket tell us about the British Empire?

The British were obsessed with sport and games.

They took their games all over the globe and tried to use them as a means of binding the various peoples of the Empire together.

However, the aim did not always match the reality.

In the Caribbean, for example, the whole population played cricket but the black and white populations rarely played together.

Even when they did, white men were chosen to bat while blacks were the bowlers and fielders.

This clip is from the series Empire.

Teacher Notes

Students could be asked to focus specifically on how the introduction and subsequent spread of cricket throughout the Empire highlighted the main concerns of fears of Britain at the time.

Ask students to look at the nations attempting to qualify for the next Cricket World Cup.

Are they able to identify which nations were formerly part of the British Empire?

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching History. This topic appears in KS3, KS4 and GCSE in England and Northern Ireland. Also KS3 in Wales and National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

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