Former Northern Ireland international winger Keith Gillespie has been appointed as club ambassador with Bluefin Sport Premier Intermediate League club Bangor.
Gillespie will work with all players at his hometown club, from the youth setup to the senior team, and support the visibility and growth of the Seasiders. The role will also allow the 45-year-old to mentor and inspire young players at Bangor and play an active part in developing the club’s coaching methodology.
In a statement on the official Bangor website, Gillespie stated: “I am honoured to have been appointed as an ambassador for Bangor FC. There are a myriad of important things that fall under the umbrella of a football ambassador, but nothing as important as helping local youngsters.
"Having grown up in Bangor and gone on to reach the top of my profession, it’s important for me to help create opportunities for others in the local community. I’m determined to inspire local young players to play for the Seasiders, and showcase their talent.
"I am looking forward to representing my hometown club and sharing my Premier League and international football experience with all our players and fans."
Having represented Northern Ireland 86 times and featured in England for Manchester United, Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers amongst others – Keith played in the Irish League for Glentoran during the 2009/10 season in the latter stages of his stellar career."
Bangor Chairman Nicky Davidson said "Keith is truly an outstanding addition to Bangor FC. His passion, experience and commitment will help develop and inspire young players from the local community, so they can fulfil their potential and play senior football at Bangor FC."
The County Down club, who recently appointed Lee Feeney as manager, will be aiming to build on a respectable fourth place finish in their first season back in the Premier Intermediate League season last term.