Darran Thomson

UEFA A Licensed Football Coach

  • Date Joined: 3rd October 2018
A former professional player who has made the seamless transition into elite youth and first team coaching after representing the likes of Hibernian FC and Inverness Caledonian Thistle through the Scottish leagues - now coaching within Heart of Midlothian’s elite academy to support the training and development of the next generation of talent in the game

Strong communication, leadership and man-management skills underpin an in-depth knowledge of the modern game and the capacity to nurture the skills and development of individual players progression along the pathway to first team football

Fosters a positive and engaging learning environment that encourages players to develop holistically on and off the pitch, applying lessons learned as a professional player to build trust, positive relationships and influence both skills and behaviour.
Darran Thomson


  • UEFA: A Licence

    A Licence

  • SFA: Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Footbal

    Children’s Wellbeing in Scottish Footbal

  • UEFA: B Licence

    B Licence

  • SFA: First Aid & Full PVG Licence

    First Aid & Full PVG Licence

Career History

  • Heart of Midlothian FC

    Heart of Midlothian FC
    Youth Academy Coach
    2016 – Present

  • Edinburgh United Junior FC

    Edinburgh United Junior FC
    Assistant Manager/Manager
    2015 – 2016

  • Gala Fairydean Rovers FC

    Gala Fairydean Rovers FC
    2014 – 2015

  • Vale of Leithen FC

    Vale of Leithen FC
    2012 – 2014

  • Spartans FC

    Spartans FC
    2011 – 2012

  • Arbroath FC

    Arbroath FC
    2010 – 2011
    Appearances: 6

  • Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic FC

    Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic FC
    2006 – 2010

  • Cowdenbeath FC

    Cowdenbeath FC
    2006 – 2006
    Appearances: 10

  • Scottish FA

    Scottish FA
    Football Coach (East Lothian Council)
    2005 – 2006

  • Alloa Athletic FC

    Alloa Athletic FC
    2005 – 2006
    Appearances: 9 · Goals: 1

  • Albion Rovers

    Albion Rovers
    2005 – 2005
    Appearances: 3

  • Elgin City FC

    Elgin City FC
    2004 – 2005
    Appearances: 3

  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
    2003 – 2005
    Appearances: 22 · Goals: 2

  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC
    Summer Camp Coach
    2003 – 2005

  • Hibernian FC

    Hibernian FC
    Youth Career
    2001 – 2003
    Appearances: 2

Key Achievements

  • Won the Scottish First Division with Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC in 2003/04
  • Won the Scottish Third Division twice - once with Cowdenbeath in 2005/06 and again with Arbroath in the 2010/11 season
  • Won the Bells Cup with Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC in 2003/04
  • Won the East of Scotland Juniors League with Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic FC in 2008/09

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