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Captain Frederick A M Webster

Captain Frederick A M Webster

Loughborough College Athletics Coach, appointed in 1933

Webster was an influential athletics coach during the 1920s and 1930s. One time English javelin champion, he was also a special correspondent at most of the Olympic Games in the first part of the twentieth century.

In 1930 he was appointed Honorary Chief Coach of the British Universities team. He arrived in Loughborough in 1933 soon launching the Amateur Athletics Association Summer School. He was the driving force behind improvements to campus sports facilities including a new track.

In 1937, he published Why? – The Science of Athletics, and a School of Athletics, Games & Physical Education was founded at Loughborough under his direction. He died in 1949 having transformed the science of athletics.