Declan Brennan Mentor & Advisor

Declan Brennan

As the glittering testimonials from well-known sporting personalities clearly show, Declan Brennan is well regarded and respected by his peers. He has over 20 years’ experience in dealing with the public and has a proven ability to provide client service solutions through effective communication and systemic approach to customers using strong service and quality orientation. He also has a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide range of business sectors and financial institutions as well as developing multi-national links with people in Commercial and Sporting Environments. His contact base in the sporting and medical world is second to none.

The traits that set him apart from others are his attention to detail, his rapport and his genuine concern for a sports person’s welfare on and off the field, in terms of furthering their education, securing employment and maximizing their potential. At managerial level Declan has a proven track record with Gaelic football teams for almost 2 decades, winning many county club championship titles and numerous titles at University level including Sigerson Cup successes.

He was the Director of Dublin City University Sports Academy from 2004 to 2010 where he designed and implemented a sports academy programme in the university, which in turn developed Dublin City University from a low base into what it was when he started, to what it is today; recognised as the place to be for Gaelic games and having won numerous All Ireland titles since at all codes.

He was responsible for recruitment of the Sports Academy members though out Ireland. He also coordinated personnel to offer all services needed to develop students as well as the day to day running of the Academy; from accommodation to coaching.

Other tasks in his role as Director of Dublin City University Sports Academy were:

  • Identifying elite talent to be developed and educated at Dublin City University.
  • Formalising academy budgets and successfully ensuring that expenditure didn’t exceed income for the academic year.
  • Pursuing various income streams and delivery of presentations to possible financial supporters. This was a major success as he was successful in obtaining over One million euro over a five year period for the Sports Academy.
  • Mentoring Academy students so that they achieved sporting & academic success
  • Accessing scholarship applications.
  • Developing best practice guidelines for injury management and strategies to manage rehabilitation and medical costs.
  • Testing all Academy members on 6 week basis on all aspects of strength and skills and giving feedback to members on results.
  • Solely responsible of setting up and implementing, DCU Sport’s Academy Junior summer camps for 7 to 15 year olds for all, this was booked out every summer and was major success.
  • Working with media, (Sky Sports, RTE, BBC, and ITV) and overseeing all media briefings for major events.

He was recruited by University of Ulster in 2010 to design and implement a sports academy programme similar to the successful sports model he introduced to Dublin City University. He was responsible for providing services to Sports Academy Members across all Gaelic codes, Men’s and Ladies football, hurling, camógie and handball from coaching to strength and conditioning, Prehab and Rehab, as well as dealing with Public relations.

He also identified students from relevant degrees and found them suitable employment for internship. In managing elite players he liaised with several managers and coaches in order to ensure that the best interests of player were paramount with good communication the key to ensure player burn out doesn’t take place.
Declan has developed a fantastic knowledge base from working with top personnel in the sporting world. Any team that he has been involved with will readily agree that his innovative coaching ideas, tactical awareness, organizational abilities and motivational skills were paramount to their success.

His attention to detail, providing the tools and creating the environment to allow the individual to train and perform to their potential without any distractions, his willingness to grasp modern team and individual training techniques and utilize his reserves of sporting knowledge has proved invaluable to all those he has come into contact with.
He has forged excellent relationships with numerous professionals in Ireland and the United Kingdom in the areas of sports injuries, player analysis, performance and fitness enhancement which ensures that athletes in his care receive the best assistance that is out there in order to help them realize their potential.

Declan is self-motivated and customer focused, he possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills and has proved himself to be a supreme organizer, planner, mentor, manager, leader, confidant and friend to anyone he has been involved with.

He also has a proven track record in organising major sporting events and team trips aboard from start to finish.
The sportspeople who provide testimonials on this website readily testify that Declan’s input to their development as athletes and individuals at all levels be it fitness, diet, nutrition, education and personal time management was vital in helping them attain their success and reaching the peak of their sporting Everest. Now that they are at the top they want to stay there. With Declan Brennan forming a major part of their backroom setup they know they have the right man behind them to help them achieve that.

DBSM is an idea that Declan Brennan has been working on for some time now. It has always been his ambition to go out on his own and make his wealth of knowledge on Sporting and Business aspects available to elite sports men and women across all sports. Achieving excellence is something that comes natural to Declan and through this business he would hope to guide talented sports people to even greater heights.