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Dr Seamus Kelly


Seamus Kelly

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
01 716 3460
University College Dublin, School of Public Health Physiotherapy and Sports Science, Woodview House Belfield Dublin 4


Dr. Seamus Kelly is a College Lecturer in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. Seamus has lectured on the BSc, MSc and Diploma in Sport and Exercise Management programmes since 2002. He holds BComm (1996), MBS (2001) and PhD (2010) degrees from UCD and a Postgraduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning from DIT. His doctoral research examined many aspects of management in professional football and was based on interviews with players, agents and managers in the English Premier League, Championship and League I & II. His work has featured in journals such as: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, British Medical Journal, Sport Medicine-open, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, European Sport Management Quarterly, Soccer in Society and Sport in Society. Seamus has consulted with a number of National Governing Bodies (GAA, FAI) and professional football clubs in the UK and Ireland on the application of many aspects of his research. Much of this research focuses on aspects of player, coach and manager assessment and development. In terms of research, gaining access to the closed world of professional football was due, in part, to his previous professional (Cardiff City, St. Patricks Athletic & Bohemian F.C) and semi-professional (UCD & Longford Town) playing experience. Seamus is also a former UCD soccer scholarship recipient and was selected for the Irish Universities, Irish Beach Soccer and numerous Irish National League representative teams. He also attained one Irish B cap and numerous winners league medals from the UK and Ireland. Additional sporting achievements include GAA (Hurling & Football) playing experiences up to and including senior inter-county level with Offaly. Considerable coaching experience was gained with Shamrock Rovers, Drogheda United, Shelbourne and numerous senior inter-county GAA teams.


  • Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching & Learning
    Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland1 Sep 2010 - 1 Sep 2011