College option proves best choice for Darren

Release Date: 16 June 2017

Winning an award for outstanding commitment at D&A College prize-giving ceremony, held in Arbroath’s Webster Theatre, vindicates a life choice for Darren Logan – even though he didn’t need any vindication

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Darren Logan (picture: Ron Cathro).

The Montrose resident spent nine years as a painter and decorator before one day drawing a line under things and coming to college to study sports coaching.

“I found myself decorating a really ropey, grotty flat one day, and I realised I just didn’t want to do it any more,” said the father of four.

“I went on-line on my phone and saw the sports coaching course and decided, enough! So enrolled at D&A and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

The student admits that it wasn’t about personal fulfilment, he found his job provided that, it was more to do with realigning priorities.

“I was working all the hours and never seeing my family and really needed a change.

Darren enrolled on the  HND sports coaching and development and over the past two years has packed in study, volunteering with a number of sports organisations and charities, getting married and having another child!

“When I came to D&A College our wedding arrangements were already in place so I got married in my first year although we are still trying to find time for a honeymoon!

“Then our daughter, Isabella, was born and I discovered that I could find time to spend with her and just how much I had missed with her older siblings due to work commitments.

“I think men tend to feel they have to work as hard as they can to provide for their family but I missed so much – money isn’t everything, your family needs your time as well!”

Darren also found time to become actively involved in a number of sports related activities, volunteering with the Links Park Community Trust, a charity associated with Montrose FC and coaching basketball with Tayside Musketeers.

As well as working with primary age children, Darren also decided to become involved with folk at the other end of the age spectrum.

“I really enjoy working with a group of guys over 50 in a walking football team – the social benefits are tremendous, it’s a great laugh and allows men who might feel that the football was no longer accessible to them have another chance.”

Darren was awarded the Ede and Ravenscroft Prize.