Since signing for Scottish Premier League team Ross County in January, Old Blue Craig Curran, from the Class of 2007, has been praised by manager Jim McIntyre for playing an ‘integral part’ in the team’s recovery. Craig’s efforts were rewarded in April with a contract extension which will see him play for the club until May 2017. Taking time out of his busy training schedule, Craig reflects on his five years at The Blue Coat School.

How would you describe your time at the Blue Coat?

Looking back on my time at The Blue Coat I had some of the best years of my life at School. It may not always seem that way when you are younger as you just want to get home, but I met some very good friends there, friends who I still keep in touch with today. My teachers undoubtedly helped me to become the person I am today, and for that I am very grateful. I consider myself very lucky to have been a part of such a good School.

How did your experience at the School prepare you for your career?

Throughout my School years my P.E. teachers played an integral part in helping me to develop my football skills, skills which have allowed me to pursue and fulfil my dream of becoming a professional footballer. I was taught not only how to conduct myself professionally on the pitch but also off it, which is extremely important if you want to advance your career in football.

Away from the pitch I have been working towards my Sports Science degree which I recently completed and I also run my own chemical waste business. I don’t think either would have been possible if I had attended another School, I am sure of that.

What has been your path since leaving School?

Once I competed my GCSEs in 2005 I decided to pursue a career in football and left the Blue Coat. I am proud to have played for a number of teams including Tranmere, Carlisle and Chester, teams which allowed me to develop as a player. I am now playing in the Scottish Premiership for Ross County Football Club based in the small Highland town of Dingwall. I have also just finished my Sports Science degree and recently completed my UEFA B Coaching License.

What would be your advice to students at the Blue Coat today?

My advice to current students would be to enjoy yourself and to have fun! Make the most of your Blue Coat years by taking every opportunity you are presented with, whether it be through sport, language, or business. These experiences will help you go on to achieve whatever it is you want to get out of life.

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