Darran Collington

I started out in the fitness industry while I was studying my Honours Degree in Physiology & Sports Science at The University of Glasgow. This was a dream for me as I have always competed in sports, particularly running, badminton and football and have competed at County level in all three areas.

Whilst studying I was fortunate enough to gain employment with the largest Health & Racquets Club chain in the UK. I continued this career for 15 years, starting as a fitness instructor, taking the journey through being a personal trainer and fitness manager. My Leadership roles took me to the position of Brand Standards manager for the chain and later to General Manager, in charge of multimillion pound businesses with over 100 staff working for me.

I gained a vast amount of leadership knowledge which I am proud to say led me to becoming General Manager of the year for the company. The statistic that I am most proud of is that I managed to coach and lead over 50% of staff to gain promotion within the company. It is that desire to see people achieving and progressing that led me into teaching in the Further Education Sector.

Gaining my PGCE at High Melton, I carried out my mentee placement at The Hub and High Melton leading me straight into employment with Doncaster College in 2013. I have since taught over all levels in Sport, Public Services and Health & Social Care.

My extensive knowledge of physiology and nutrition, tied with my wealth leadership and industry experience offers me the opportunity to educate all of my students to achieve everything they are capable of. Leading students to being the best they can be is my absolute passion which drives me on a daily basis.

I take this passion into my personal life where I coach amateur football, having achieved FA Coaching and Youth Coaching badges. I live the busy life of a parent of three; seeing the journey of my eldest into the Scots Guards has given me a great insight into what it takes to enter into the uniformed services and I can pass this insight on to all public services students to give them the best possible start in their careers. Having teenage children certainly helps me understand the lives that my students live and I aim to use this understanding to get the best out of every one of them every day!