Inverurie Loco Works FC are delighted to confirm that Gillian Douglas has became their first Football Chaplain.
The concept of football chaplaincy across the UK has been incredibly successful and the Harlaw Park appointment is doubly significant in that it sees Gillian become the first female Football Chaplain at a Scottish Senior Club.
Locos Chairman Eddie Innes said, “As a club we’re full square behind football Chaplaincy and would like to warmly welcome Gillian into the Harlaw Park fold”.
The Harlaw Park outfit, being a semi-professional side, are supported by a large group of volunteers and Gillian is just the last addition to that group.
Gillian said, “I’m delighted to be asked to support the Club in this way and with my husband Paul being involved in local football and my son Matthew playing for Colony Locos it was an easy decision to make when asked to take on the role.
“I come from a family keen on football, my claim to fame being I was flower girl at the wedding of the legendary Scottish international Jim Baxter who was my Dad’s best friend in his youth.
“I’ve attended training with the players and a few matches as the season grew to a close and hopefully I’ll be around Harlaw a bit more next season.
“Contrary to most people’s understanding of Chaplaincy, I will be there for everyone, whether or not they have any faith or belief.
“I see my role as Chaplain as one in which I might support all those associated with the club, through the highs and lows of football, be a listening ear and in time build up good relationships with the staff, players, board and volunteers.”