Long-time volunteer Roger Bridge becomes East Coast Bays’ club president

East Coast Bays have a new club president, with long-time volunteer Roger Bridge stepping into the role left vacant after the departure of Russell Fisher.

Bridge (53) has filled almost every possible role at the club, including board member, club secretary, vice president, convenor, coach and player.

After Fisher returned to his native United Kingdom last year, Bridge has been acting president.

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The club has now confirmed Bridge, who has a career in marketing, will take on the role long-term.

Announcing the appointment, the club said: “In the 1970s, his older brothers took up rugby, while he joined East Coast Bays AFC and took up football (possibly because his mother saw the playing fields were conveniently walking distance from their home).

“He went on to play for New Zealand in the U-16s and U-18s, and then in the United States – before returning home to Aotearoa.

“Yes, our club is extremely proud to announce Roger Bridge has accepted the role of club president.”

Bays will play in the men’s Lotto NRFL Championship this year.

The club will host the world champion United States team who will use Bay City Park as their training base for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

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