Gary MacDonald, a Scottish FA West Region School of Football Coach at Renfrew High School, is currently helping young players progress on their footballing pathway on a daily basis. However Gary's own path, which has seen him progress from fresh faced student volunteer to full time football coach, is a story in itself.
MacDonald said: "I started off at NQ level and worked my way through the HNC and HND. Whilst at college, I got involved with the college voluntering programme with Scottish FA Player & Coach Development Officer, James Grady and Football Development Officer, Gary Doctor. I was identified as one of the interns and picked up some casual work, then it all just snowballed from there."
James Grady commented: "Gary came in and he was just so enthusiastic. He volunteered for around 1000 hours before he started to gain some paid work. We let the student know from the start that whilst there will be a lot of volunteering, there is the opportunity to network and progress into paid coaching, as happened to Gary. Gary came in with no football qualifications and is now in the process of sitting his 'B' Licence, which is fantastic for someone of his age."