Social and Sporting Life


Items relating to the provision of sporting and social facilities by John Player & Sons for its staff.

In 1906 the company built a recreation ground for its employees to use, complete with club house, at a site on Aspley Lane, Nottingham. Known as the Rec, the site had top-class playing fields which were used for a wide variety of sports.

Collection Items

Photograph of Women's Hockey
A group of women playing field hockey at the company's recreation ground situated at Aspley Lane.

Player's provided sports facilities for its workers at a site at Aspley Lane. Built in 1906, the Recreation Ground, or the Rec as it was known, was a…

Pat Swallow talks about some of the benefits of working for John Player & Sons during the 1970s and beyond. She talks both about working conditions and the social side of the job offered by the company, including the Miss Player competition.

Photograph from the 1955 Bonus Dance
Every year up until the mid-1970s, John Player & Sons gave its employees a money bonus in March. To mark this, a dance was thrown at the Astoria dancehall in Nottingham (this later became the Sherwood Rooms and is now Ocean nightclub).


Steve describes the sports facilities and sports played by Player's employees at the Rec, the recreation ground provided and maintained by John Player & Sons.
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