Vanarama National League club Gateshead have announced that club legend James Curtis is returning to the club in a new, off-the-pitch role.

The popular centre back made 596 appearances for the International Stadium club during a twelve year spell.Community role for Curtis - photo

That came to an end when he was released in May and he has since signed for Evo-Stik NPL club Spennymoor Town.

And after moving into the part-time game Curtis will take up a new role at Gateshead, playing a key role in the club’s burgeoning community programme.

A statement released by the Heed revealed what the role will mean for Curtis.

It read “In the short-term, Curtis will spearhead the delivery of the club’s upcoming Summer Soccer Camps, which begin at the GIS next Tuesday.

The 34-year-old will also be actively involved with our hugely popular “Silver Soccer” walking football programme, as well as our new “Kicks” project – in partnership with the Newcastle United Foundation”

After taking up his new role it is clear to see that it is something that Sunderland-born Curtis is relishing.

He said “I’m over the Moon to be given the opportunity to come back to the club. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do after I finished playing for the first-team.

“The chairman has been great, and I really appreciate what he has done for me. It’s the perfect role for me because I love to promote the club.

“I’m going to be involved with a number of different projects on the community side – there is going to be a lot going on, and hopefully we can really push forward with it.

“We have the Summer Soccer Camps coming up soon, and we’re going to be going into schools in the new academic year.

“[Managing Director] Brian Waites has outlined the plans moving forward, and we’re curtishoping to build up some good relationships with the boys’ clubs in the local area.

“It’s a great fit for me and I’m looking forward to playing my part.”

Waites is looking forward to seeing Curtis make an immediate impression upon his return, beginning with next week’s Summer Soccer Camps.

He said: “I am thrilled that James is joining the Community Team to continue his long and distinguished association with Gateshead Football Club.

“Working in the community is an area that James is particularly keen to develop. He is a valuable member of the team and he will add a great deal of experience and knowledge as we continue to expand our rapidly-growing programme.

“James will begin his new role in earnest next week, when our Summer Soccer Camps get underway at the International Stadium.”

Source: Gateshead FC
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