Dr. Iain Adams

Principal Lecturer

School of Sport and Wellbeing

Greenbank Building, GR127

+44 (0) 1772 89 4915

Subject Areas: Sport

Iain leads the third year Sport in the Global Village and the Sporting Image modules. These introduce students to the place and portrayal of sport in other cultures and in a variety of cultural forms. He also encourages students to explore their creative personas through challenging assignments. Iain is research active within the areas of sport and exercise science and sport history, with an interest in football on the western front 1914-1918, and is a member of the International Football Institute.

Full Profile

Educated at Birmingham and Keele Universities, Iain became a PE teacher after having been motivated by the film ‘Kes’. He then went to the University of North Dakota as a part-time lecturer, coach and research assistant whilst pursuing research degrees. Iain spent his first post-doctorate year as a professional football coach for the Los Alamos School District in New Mexico. This was followed by four years at Yarmouk University in Jordan, initially as an Assistant Professor and then as an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Sport and Physical Education. This was followed by a period as Athletic Director at the University College of Bahrain. He then went to Indonesia as National Director of Sport Education on behalf of the World Bank, where he was responsible for the construction and equipment of 12 new PE teacher training colleges and the associated curriculum.

He returned to Britain to work in the aviation industry, retiring as chief pilot of Vectair Aviation in 1998 and entering full-time Higher Education as a Senior Lecturer at UCLan. He became Principal Lecturer responsible for Outdoor Education at Penrith in 2002, and the Research Degrees Co-ordinator for the School of Sport, Tourism and the Outdoors in 2008.


Ph.D Philosophy of Physical Education, University of North Dakota, 1980
Dissertation: The Function of Physical Education in the Educational Structure of Plato’s Republic.

M.Sc. Sport Psychology, University of North Dakota, 1977
Thesis: An Analysis of the Relationship between Somatotype and Personality of Undergraduate College Men

PGCE, Physical Education and Geography, Keele University, 1974

BA (Comb. Hons.), Physical Education and Geography, University of Birmingham, 1973


Adams, Iain (2013) The Sporting Image: A personal journey utilising history to develop academic inquiry and creativity. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 30 (1). pp. 46-64. ISSN 0952-3367

Adams, Iain Christopher and Hughson, John Ewing (2013) The first ever anti-football painting: A consideration of the soccer match in John Singer Sargent’s "Gassed". Soccer & Society, 14 (4). pp. 502-514. ISSN 1466-0970

Adams, Iain Christopher and Larson, Mitchell J. (2012) 'Hey Pal! Who Won the Marathon?' The Illustrated London News's Coverage of Sport in 1908, an Olympic Year. Sport in History, 32 (2). pp. 135-156. ISSN 1746-0263

Adams, Iain Christopher (2012) Over the Top: 'A Foul; a Blurry Foul!'. The International Journal of the History of Sport, 29 (6). pp. 813-831. ISSN 0952-3367

More publications


TL3031 The Sporting Image

TL3076 Sport in the Global Village

TL2105 Sport and International Development and Aid

Research Activities

Football at the front 1914-1918

The portrayal of sport in early twentieth century newspapers


Phi Delta Kappan

The North American Society for Sport History

The British Society of Sports History



• Europeana 1914-1918: Remembering the First World War – a digital collection of outstanding sources from European National Libraries

• Football and The Great War; proposed exhibition, National Football Museum, Manchester, 2014.

• A Game for Christmas; alternative Christmas play for school, National Childrens’ Football Alliance


Adams, I.C. Over the Top: Images of the Football Charges of World War One, Annual Conference, North American Society for Sport History, Berkeley, CA. 2012

Adams, I.C. On the wing in the Greater Game: Art and recreational football in the Great War, Annual Conference, British Society of Sports History, Glasgow, 7-8 September, 2012

Adams, I.C. The Sporting Image: An attempt to engage sports students in creative thought and with the arts. Fields of Vision – The Arts in Sport conference, University of Leeds, 30 November 2012.

Adams, I.C. Heroes, Pigs, Deviance and Manchester United: Students’ Topic Choices for Creative Work in an Androgogical Learning Strategy, Annual Conference, North American Society for Sport History, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 24-27 May 2013.