THE winner of the PFA Scotland Awards player of the year title has acknowledged the support of his college tutors in Cumbernauld.
Cowdenbeath striker Kane Hemmings (22), has scored 22 goals for the Blue Brazil this season and was acclaimed by his fellow players not only for his finishing but his positive attitude and creativity.
He has also been working towards an HNC qualification in coaching at New College Lanarkshire, based at their sports campus at Broadwood Stadium.
Kane said: “I’ve been playing football all my life but I needed to look at the bigger picture and consider life after football so I knew I needed to further my education.
“I have really enjoyed the course although I have found the academic side quite difficult as I wasn’t the best of students at school.”
“The college course has benefited me a lot, I have a much better understanding of things like nutrition now and being trained as a coach will help me continue to develop a career in football.”
On his award Kane added: “I was really surprised to win Player of the Year as I was just delighted to be nominated alongside the other three players.
“I think I have had a really good season. I don’t think I have had to many bad games over the course of the season and I’ve scored goals but I didn’t expect to win the award.”
David Mitchell, sports performance lecturer at New College Lanarkshire, commented: “We are all thrilled for Kane, he has worked incredibly hard this year, both at college and at the club, and he deserves this recognition.
“I have seen a huge change in Kane since he started at the college – he is more confident in himself and we have been able to develop his knowledge in areas like diet and fitness.”
The college is currently taking applications, see www.nclanarkshire.ac.uk