BRIDPORT have appointed David Richardson as their new football director.

Richardson is a highly experienced professional fitness coach and sports scientist with a prolific background in working with clubs at Premier League level.

Richardson counts notable stints at Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Portsmouth, Luton Town, QPR and more on his footballing CV.

He has also served as a fitness coach for Great Britain's judo team for eight years, British Superbikes for six years and professional boxing for six years.

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His experience extends to sportspeople at Olympic standard and football clubs at National League level. Most recently, he was on the books with Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League.

Richardson is enthusiastic about his new role, saying: "I am honoured to join Bridport Football Club as football director.

“This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a club with a rich history and a bright future.

“I am eager to work with the players, staff, and community to help the club achieve its goals and reach new heights."

Bees’ chairman, Adrian Scadding, added: "We are incredibly fortunate to have David join our team.

“His vast experience, knowledge, and passion for performance, fitness and rehabilitation will be invaluable as we continue to develop and strengthen our club and all our teams.

“We look forward to the positive impact he will undoubtedly bring to Bridport Football Club."

A veteran of the Army Physical Training Corps and a remedial rehab specialist, Richardson has consistently demonstrated his commitment to excellence in fitness coaching.

In 1995, he opened the UK’s first specialist personal training centre, setting a precedent for personalised fitness training across the nation.