Sports and football enthusiast Greig Robertson, a former Clydebank College student has been living his career dream since scoring a job as a Youth Academy Coach for one of Scotland’s most prestigious football clubs, Celtic.
Having left college over ten years ago, thirty-six year old Greig has put his qualifications to good use, coaching the under 13’s who play at professional youth level for Celtic Football club.
Greig said, “I left school with little to no qualifications, I knew I wanted to do something sport related as I’d always enjoyed PE at school and had a real love for football; so I decided to apply for the Health, Exercise and Fitness course at Clydebank College.
I thoroughly enjoyed my two years at the College; the components of the course were excellent , with a good mix of practical and theory work.
The theory could be challenging at times especially the human biology module, but the staff were great at offering support and always made the classes enjoyable. Looking back I can see the importance of the theory as it’s been invaluable and plays a key role in my job now; preparing players and understanding how the body works.
I was playing football part-time whilst studying for both my HNC and HND and although the dream was to play professionally, I knew the more realistic opportunity for me was to get into coaching. We worked with some of the local primary schools running sporting events throughout the holidays , so it gave me some experience working with young people and idea of what it would be like to work in a coaching environment.
I absolutely love my job; I guess the fact that I have been there for 11 years is testament to that. It’s a tough industry to get in to; just like everything else nowadays everyone wants you to have academic qualifications and experience. If there’s one thing I would recommend to anyone looking at getting in to coaching it’s to do as much volunteer work as they can. There’s nothing quite like work experience; it’s valuable time spent putting everything you have learnt into practice and along with any extra qualification that you can get makes you much more employable.
With my job comes the benefit of having a little bit of down time during the day – we train first thing in the morning before school, then again once the boys have finish their school day, so it gives me some down time whilst the boys are in class. So I’ve decided to make the most of this by looking into furthering my qualifications with a PHD in Performance Coaching which will hopefully take my career to new heights in the future.”
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