Dr. Jim Cherrington

Senior Lecturer in Sport Studies

ResearchGate Profile
Email: j.cherrington@shu.ac.uk


Jim joined the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity in September 2010 after completing his PhD at Leeds Beckett University. Before then, he studied at Sheffield Hallam University, completing a BA in Social and Cultural Studies in Sport and an MA in Sport and Popular Culture. During his career, Jim has also worked as a learning support assistant for children with behavioural difficulties and a part-time basketball coach.

Research Interests

Jim’s PhD, and subsequent research centred on identity, the body and everyday life in basketball. However, following a shift in his own leisure interests he is now focussed on the relationships between adventure sports and nature, with a specific focus on the socio-historical and phenomenological elements of such practices . He is interested in methodological innovation, both in his work on visual methodologies and in terms of the promotion of creative forms of representation, and is an active researcher in the Academy of Sport, contributing regularly to work around the social impact of sport and leisure.

Taught Modules

  • Understanding Physical Activity
  • Sport Coaching in Context
  • Alternative Physical Activities
  • Football and Society
  • Project
  • Sport and Deviance
  • Re-Imagining Sport and Physical Activity
  • Sport and Globalisation


Cherrington J, Black J and Tiller N (2018) Running away from the taskscape: ultramarathon as ‘dark ecology’. Annals of Leisure Research.

Cherrington J and Woodhouse D (2018) Community Sport Management and the Sociological Imagination. In: Wilson R and Platts C (eds) Community Sport Management. London: Routledge

Cherrington J and Gregory M (2017) Where Nature and Culture Coalesce: The Social, Cultural and Political Impact of Outdoor Activities in Sheffield. In: Carnicelli S and Turner D (eds) Lifestyle Sports and Public Policy. London: Routledge.

Cherrington J (2015) Basketball, embodiment and the everyday. In: Willard I (ed) Researching Embodied Sport: Exploring Movement Cultures. London: Rutledge, pp.101-116.

Cherrington J (2014) ‘It’s just superstition I suppose … I’ve always done something on game day’: The construction of everyday life on a university basketball team. International Review for the Sociology of Sport 49(5): 509-525.

Cherrington J and Watson B (2010) Shooting a diary, not just a hoop: using video diaries to explore the embodied everyday contexts of a university basketball team. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise 2(2): 267-281.