BRIAN HUDSON has been appointed the new chairman of Active Gloucestershire, the charity that acts as the sport and physical activity partnership for Gloucestershire.

Brian takes over from Neil Cameron, who is stepping down after three years in the position.

Neil will continue as a director of Active Gloucestershire.

Originally from Bournemouth – and a huge Weymouth FC fan – Cirencester-based Brian has been involved in voluntary sport in Gloucestershire for more than 20 years including a spell on the board of the former Cotswold School Sport Partnership and, currently, the Gloucestershire Cricket Board.

Brian takes up his appointment at a busy time for Active Gloucestershire, overseeing the delivery of several high profile initiatives on behalf of Sport England including the Sainsbury’s School Games.

“I believe that a love of sport and physical activity is a huge benefit both to young people growing up and as we get older," said Hudson, who is less than 'active' at the moment as he recuperates from a broken leg.

"Having spent many years leading sports clubs, I know what a lonely and thankless task it can be at times and therefore want to see Active Gloucestershire providing services that minimise the pain and maximise the enjoyment and satisfaction of volunteers.

"At a time of austerity, funds for facility development need to be used wisely and I believe that sharing between sports is the only way to maximise the use and thus return on investment.

"Active Gloucestershire is the only organisation in the county that can see the big picture and ensure the required multi-use.”

Neil Cameron said: "Active Gloucestershire is enhancing its reputation as the 'go to' organisation for advice, support and information on sport and physical activity matters in the county.

"I am proud to have played a small part in that during my period as Chair and I look forward to assisting Brian in the years ahead."