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Darren's future on the college circuit.

Brechin City boss Darren Dods is juggling his work with studies at Stirling University as he looks forward to a new career as a college lecturer.

The 42 year-old is a student on the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) course which is aimed at people with previous work experience who are looking to become college lecturers.

Darren was a full-time professional football player for 21 years - including stints at Hibernian, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dundee United - before going part-time in 2013, when he took the chance to return to education.

He gained an HNC and then an HND in Sport and Fitness and after completing a degree in Sports Science at Napier University, he decided to apply for the TQFE course.

"I'm 42 now,"he said."It's time to hang up the boots. Playing has come to an end, managing is short-term, so I am looking for another career."

Darren, who recently faced his biggest game as a manager when Brechin City played Celtic in the Scottish Cup, said that as well as preparing him for a change of career, the course is helping him in his current job.

"At the start, I would be standing in front of the players talking, talking, talking. Now I have learned the importance of giving them a chance to have some input and they are more motivated and engaged."

Programme Director Dr Kevin Brosnan said:"Darren is good example of the type of people we have on this course who already have a career but are looking to transition to become a college lecturer.

They are often people who have busy lives but can still achieve high levels across a number of different areas in their lives.

"Colleges are looking for people, not only with a solid academic background, but with the real world experience they value.

" In Darren's case it's sport and sports coaching.That's quite a big area of provision within colleges."

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Inspiration Darren Dods, pictured at Celtic Park, training to become a college lecturer

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Publication:Stirling Observer (Stirling, Scotland)
Date:Feb 7, 2018
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