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Seamus Kelly

School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science
Room G5 Woodview House

Tel: 7163460
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Biography

Dr. Seamus Kelly is a College Lecturer in the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Population 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 International Review for the Sociology of Sport, European Sport Management Quarterly and Sport in Society. Since 2011, 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 this doctoral research. Much of this work 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 and managerial experience was gained with Shamrock Rovers, Drogheda United, Shelbourne and numerous senior inter-county GAA teams.

Professional

Honours and Awards

Year: 2009.
Title: KNEISSL Young Researchers Award recipient, 1st place.

Associations

Association: North American Society for Sport Management, Function/Role: Conference Presentation
Association: European Association for Sport Management, Function/Role: Member of scientific abstract review panel
                   

Journals Edited

Journal Of Sport Management: Reviewer.
Sport In Society: Reviewer.
European Sport Management Quarterly: Reviewer.
 

Publications

Books

Kelly, S (2017) The Role of the Professional Football Manager. London: Routledge. [Details]

Book Chapters

Kelly, S (2014) 'The Migration of Irish Professional Football Players' In: Harris, J. & Elliot, R (eds). Football and Migration: Perspectives, places, players. London: Routledge. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Coffey, N., Kelly, S., Lawless, M. Buggy, C. (2017) 'Frequency of self-reported concussion amongst professional and semi-professional footballers in Ireland from the 2014 season'. Sports Medicine, . [Details]
Curran, C. & Kelly, S. (2017) 'Returning Home: The return of Irish born football migrants to Ireland¿s football leagues, 1945-2010'. Irish Studies Review, . [Details]
Kelly, S. & Chatziefstathiou, D. (2017) 'Trust me I am a Football Agent: The Discursive Practices of the Players Agents in (Un)Professional Football'. Sport in Society, . [Details]
Kelly, S. (2016) 'Pedagogy, game intelligence & critical thinking: the future of Irish soccer?'. Soccer and Society, 17 (7):1-22. [DOI] [Details]
Kelly, S. & Waddington, I. (2006) 'Abuse, Intimidation and Violence as Aspects of Managerial Control in Professional Soccer in Britain and Ireland'. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 41 (2):147-164. [Details]
Kelly, S. (2008) 'Understanding the Role of the Football Manager in Britain and Ireland: A Weberian Approach'. European Sport Management Quarterly, 8 (4):399-419. [Details]
Kelly, S & Harris, J. (2010) 'Managers, Directors and Trust in Professional Football'. Sport in Society, 13 (3):489-502. [Details]

Other Journals

Kelly, S. (2005) 'The Beautiful Game? Maintaining Club Discipline in Professional Football' Soccer Review :34-38. [Details]
Kelly, S. (2006) 'Show me the Money: Dodgy Deals, Illegal Payments and Football Agents' Soccer Review :16-20. [Details]
Kelly, S. (2008) 'Who is the Real Gaffer? The Role of Directors and Owners in Professional Football' Soccer Review :24-29. [Details]

Conference Publications

Hamza, A. & Kelly, S. (2017) Exploring semi-professional football coaches perceptions of coach education in Kuwait International Society of Sports Sciences in The Arab World (I3AW) Congress [Details]
Andrews, F. & Kelly, S. (2017) Exploring Strength & Conditioning Coaching Behaviours in Elite Sport International Coaching Conference [Details]
Curran, C. & Kelly, S. (2017) Hoi Paddy, you jump out of another tackle like that and you¿ll be on the first plane back to Ireland Football Collective Annual Conference [Details]
Kelly, S. (2017) The Future of Irish Football British Society of Sports History Conference [Details]
Kelly, S. & McGann, R. (2014) Exploring the Role of Mobile Phone Applications in the Assessment and Development of Elite Athletes European Association for Sport Management [Details]
Kelly, S (2007) Unethical Practices and Illegal Payments: The Role of Agents in Professional Soccer in the UK and Ireland North American Society for Sport Management Florida, [Details]
Kelly, S (2008) Sadism & Socialisation of Professional Soccer Players in the UK & Ireland North American Society for Sport Management Toronto, [Details]
Kelly, S (2008) Hostility, Distrust and Interference in Professional Football: The relationship between the Football Manager and the Boardroom European Association for Sport Management Heidelberg, [Details]
Kelly, S (2009) Professional Soccer in the UK and Ireland: A Culture of Distrust? Kufstein Congress on Sports & Culture Kufstein, [Details]
Kelly, S (2009) The Recruitment of Professional Soccer Players in the UK and Ireland European Association for Sport Management Amsterdam, [Details]
Kelly, S (2011) A Best Practice Model of Player Recruitment and Assessment in Professional Soccer European Association for Sport Management [Details]
Kelly, S (2011) The Role of Coaching Qualifications in Professional Football in the UK and Ireland International Conference on Sports Athens, [Details]
Kelly, S (2012) The Recruitment of Professional Soccer Managers and Players European Association for Sport Management Aalborg, [Details]
Kelly, S. (2006) Discipline and Punish? Abuse, Intimidation and Violence as Aspects of Managerial Control in Professional Soccer in Britain & Ireland European Association for Sport Management Nicosia, Cyprus, , 06-SEP-06 - 09-SEP-06 [Details]
                                   

Invited Seminars

Kelly, S. (2012) Reaching for the Top: A Sporting Life. Panel member of open forum debate delivered at DIT. Invited Seminars [Details]
Kelly, S (2013) Critical Thinking, Coaching & Player Development. Invited lecture delivered to FAI coaches on UEFA Emerging Talent Coaching Clinic, April, 2013. Invited Seminars [Details]
Kelly, S. (2015) How Great Can You Be ? Invited seminar delivered to Ireland U17 International Soccer Team, March 2015. Invited Seminars [Details]
Kelly, S. (2015) Player Management. Invited workshop delivered on FAI Pro Licence, February 2015. Invited Seminars [Details]
Kelly, S. (2015) Critical Thinking, Coaching & Player Development. Invited lecture delivered to GAA National Coaching Conference, January, 2015. Invited Seminars [Details]

Workshops

Kelly, S (2014) Critical Thinking, Coaching & Game Intelligence. Invited workshop delivered to Manchester City Football Club Senior and Academy Managers. Carrington, November, 2014. Workshops [Details]
   

Invited Lectures

Kelly, S. (2011) Football: More Than Just a Game? Royal Holloway, University of London. Invited Lectures [Details]
Kelly, S. (2012) Recruitment in Professional Football. Invited presentation delivered at the Irish Recruiters Annual Conference. Invited Lectures [Details]
Kelly. S. (2012) The Future of Youth Development in Irish Football: Lessons from Home and Abroad. Invited lecture delivered at Birkbeck College, University of London. Invited Lectures [Details]
Kelly, S. (2013) Organisation Culture, Negotiation and Communication. Invited lecture delivered at Faculty of Business, University of Verona. Invited Lectures [Details]
Kelly, S. (2013) CEO, Leadership and Corporate Governance. Invited lecture delivered at Faculty of Business, University of Verona. Invited Lectures [Details]
Kelly, S (2014) Professional Football: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Invited lecture delivered to Faculty of Sport, University of Ulster, November, 2014. Invited Lectures [Details]
                                                                                         

Research

Research Interests

Current Research Projects
 

The Culture of Professional Football
This research examines the migration of professional footballers to English Premier League Academies. In particular, this research examines how young migrant players are socialised into professional football in general and aspects of dressing room culture in particular. Many of the difficulties that young aspirant professional footballers experience in their attempts to realise their dream of playing professional football are also examined. 


Technology & Sport
Utilising both qualitative and quantitative data from elite athletes and coaches this research explores how mobile phone applications are utilised in the assessment and development of elite athletes.


Coach Education
This research examines aspects of coach education and coach development initiatives in Irish NGB's and professional soccer clubs in the UK. Data were gathered from a number of coach education research workshops which were designed to develop critical thinking skills that assist coaches in creating organisational cultures to support the development of elite/professional players. The research output will be disseminated internally to guide policy and also externally in an attempt to modify and enhance existing coach education programmes in other countries and sports.


Research Funding
Source: UCD Seed Funding: Policy and/or Community Engagement
Title: Young Elite Athletes and Mental Health

PI: Dr Seamus Kelly
Internal Collaborator: Dr James Mathews
Amount: 4,620 Euro

Source: Professional Footballers Association
Title: The Consumer & Buyer Behaviours of Professional Footballers
PI: Seamus Kelly
Amount: 2,500 Euro 

 

     

Teaching

   

Enhancement of Teaching

Completed staff training courses include the application and use of Microsoft Office packages, Plagiarism Detection, Podcasting, Assessment Strategies & Rubrics, PBL Curriculum Design, Assessing Internships & Reflective Practice, DRE Research Support Training, Endnote, and NVivo. Attendance at training workshops include; ¿Writing Skills (Rowena Murray, 2009); How to get Published (Professor Keith Brouthers, 2009; Professor Eileen Peacock, 2007; Dr. Barry Quinn, 2007; Mark Hindwell, 2008) Publishing in Academic Journals (Professor Martin Christopher, 2010), New Technologies in Qualitative Inquiry (Professor Dan Kaczynski, 2008) Getting Published and Getting Cited (Professor Vincent Mangematin, 2011, 2012).
     

Collaborators

Internal Collaborators

External Collaborators

Football Association of Ireland
Kelly, S. (2013). Critical Thinking, Coaching & Player Development. Invited lecture delivered to FAI Coaching Clinic, April, 2013.