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Deirdre Brennan


  • Shore Road, Jordanstown Campus

    BT37 0QB Newtownabbey

    United Kingdom

  • 48 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
1992 …2019
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Personal profile


Deirdre Brennan is Professor of Physical Education and Sport. She graduated with a BA (Hons) Sport Studies, PGCE (Physical Education), MA Leisure Studies and a PhD in Sport Sociology from Ulster University. She joined Ulster as Lecturer in Physical Education in 1992. Deirdre teaches at undergraduate and post graduate level.Deirdre is founder and Director of the multi-award winning Sports Outreach unit (SO) a strategic initiative of Ulster University designed to widen access to sport and physical activity to young people in areas of greatest disadvantage and develop the practical and professional skills of aspiring teachers. Sports Outreach received a THE Shortlist award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a University (2014). It won Coaching Intervention of the Year for Northern Ireland (2015), UK Coaching Intervention of the Year (2015), CUBO  Innovation Award for Excellence in Student Experience.Deirdre also co-founded the Sport Changes Life Foundation (SCLF) ( a charity designed to raise the aspirations of young people at risk using sporting excellence, academic achievement and personal development.She is author of ‘eHoops’ a programme using sport to target those not in education, employment or training (NEET’s) that was one of only four shortlisted as ‘Best New Project’ in 2014 by Beyond Sport.Dr. Brennan is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the recipient of both a Distinguished Teaching Award for excellence in teaching and a Fellowship in Academic Enterprise for her innovation and enterprise using sport

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Research Output 1992 2019

Every Minute Counts: Patterns and Times of Physical Activity Participation in Children From Socially Disadvantaged Areas in Ireland

Belton, S., Breslin, G., Shannon, S., o'brien, W., Fitzpatrick, B., Haughey, T., Chambers, F., Powell, D., Mc Cullagh, D. & Brennan, D., 1 May 2019, In : Journal of Physical Activity and Health. 16, 5, p. 333-339 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vulnerable Populations
Principal Component Analysis

An ecological, reflexive and praxis oriented mentor-training programme

Chambers, FC., Haughey, T., Breslin, G. & Brennan, D., 11 May 2018, Learning to Mentor in Sports Coaching: A Design Thinking Approach.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
Personal Autonomy
Non-Randomized Controlled Trials
2 Citations (Scopus)

Physical activity, well-being and need satisfaction in eight and nine-year-old children from socio-economic disadvantage

Breslin, G., Fitzpatrick, B., Brennan, D., Shannon, S., Rafferty, R., O'Brien, W., Belton, S., Chambers, F., Haughey, T., McCullagh, D., Gormley, R. & Hanna, D., 21 Jul 2017, In : Child Care in Practice. 3

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
need satisfaction
Mental Competency
6 Citations (Scopus)

Physical activity and wellbeing of 8–9 year old children from social disadvantage: An all-Ireland approach to health

Breslin, G., Fitzpatrick, B., Brennan, D., Shannon, S., Rafferty, R., O'Brien, W., Belton, S., Chambers, F., Haughey, T., McCullagh, D., Gormley, R. & Hanna, D., Oct 2017, In : Mental Health and Physical Activity. 13, p. 9-14

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Northern Ireland
Vulnerable Populations