Sport In Profile UK Issue 17 - Page 28

Carlisle FOLLOW US ONLINE Carlisle C Rugby Club arlisle Rugby Club enjoyed a year to remember in 2017 as they claimed a league and cup double for the first time in their history. Sport in Profile caught up with Chairman Barry Earl to gain an insight into their success. SIP: How long have you been involved and what first attracted you to the club? SIP: What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your role? BE: I’ve been involved with the club since moving to Carlisle from Edinburgh in November 2007. Originally from Workington in West Cumbria I moved to Edinburgh in 2002 for university and came back to be closer to home and to move in with my then girlfriend, now wife, Joanne. When I arrived at the club I knew no one at all and despite that instantly felt welcomed by the coaches and players, since then I’ve never looked back. I played for seven seasons at the club and had to finish in 2016 because of injuries so when the opportunity to influence the clubs future came around in that summer I jumped at it and was elected as Chairman. BE: The most challenging aspect is getting a volunteer team large enough to do everything you want to do for the club. We are very luck at Carlisle with the number of volunteers we have but anyone who’s involved in a club like ours knows that you could always do with additional hands who are prepared to muck in and contribute to the ultimate goal which is to provide good facilities for members and allow our youth and senior sections to enjoy their rugby. My first season was very rewarding, because of the recovery effort needed at the club following the devastating floods of December 2015 where our clubhouse was completely 28 Issue 17