Rugby Club Issue 72 - Page 32

Ryland Sharks FOLLOW US ONLINE TWITTER.COM/RUGBYCLUBMAG Ryland Sharks Amateur Rugby League Football Club Article provided by Chairman Mark Wilson P ersonally, I have been involved with the club for around two years but I have an affiliation going back more than twenty years having played football at Rylands for most of my playing career. Initially my involvement with the club was from a commercial perspective, my younger brother who is the head coach wanted to pass on some of the roles he had at the club due to the impending birth of his daughter. Then when he stepped down as Chairman to concentrate on the coaching I took on the role. I had previously been Chairman of a local football club so this transition was not too difficult. From the start, I realised there was a passion from the committee to push this club forward and each member shared the same vision. 2017 has been a great year for us so far, on an off the pitch, we are flying sitting top of NCL Division Three having lost only one game this season. We have a great squad of lads who are now in their second NCL season and are starting the 32 Issue 72 play consistently the kind of Rugby we played in fits and starts last season. We are looking to consolidate after a fantastic 2016 in which they established themselves amongst the countries elite in the National Conference League finishing in 4th place in our first season at that level and losing out in the play offs to eventual winner Drighlington. The lads also cemented there place as the best amateur side in Warrington, winning the Stuart Middleton Foundation Warrington Cup. As a club we have come a long way the past three years under the watchful eye of the new committee and a head coach who have changed the whole out- look at the club. No longer do we look to the past, we are constantly looking to develop and improve. Being Chairman is a challenging role as the costs to keep this club afloat are rising every year. At the start of this season we wanted to ensure that we were going to be around for seasons to come, so we made a real effort to restructure what we could offer commercially and put together a commercial prospectus that we sent out to all our local businesses