Jade Thirlwall of pop band Little Mix has become honorary president of South Shields.
The Northern Premier League club say Thirwall’s role will see her increase the profile of her hometown club.
She is already a patron of South Shields-based charity Cancer Connections and the club say her “values fit perfectly with the values of the club as it strives to reach out even further”.
Thirlwall said: “I’m incredibly proud to come from South Shields and one thing I am most proud of about my hometown is the sense of community and how we love to support each other and see each other do well in all aspects of life, which is something the football club very much embodies.
“I hope through my role I can raise awareness and increase the club’s profile, encouraging others to do the same and support our incredible team.
“I’m looking forward to also being involved with any future projects the club will embark on that coincide with what I am passionate about.”
South Shields chairman Geoff Thompson said: “We are delighted Jade has agreed to this ambassadorial role with the club.
“The club, its charitable Foundation and its academies are increasingly important in our community, helping to deliver a series of health and well-being programmes for people of all ages.
“Jade’s commitment to the town mirrors the club’s commitment and we are thrilled she is on board to further promote what we are trying to achieve.”