Stadium role for new director Park
A former Barrow rugby league director is back on the Craven Park board.
Allan Park has returned for a third stint after being appointed as the Raiders stadium director at this week’s meeting.
The 65-year-old is delighted to be back and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.
Park became a director for the first time in the mid-90s, as part of the Save Craven Park Committee. It was followed by a second spell as ground director in 2011 when he stayed for some two years.
His expertise has been welcomed by chairman Mike Sunderland who believes the former businessman can help drive the club forward.
A lifelong fan of rugby league, Park has been actively involved behind the scenes since his last active role on the Barrow board, working on the club’s debentures and articles of association.
Now he is focused on his new role, and he said: “Let’s hope we can build on the success we are having at the moment. We need to get people coming through the gates again.
“Let’s hope we can get promoted and then we can build on from there. It is going to take a lot of work both on and off the field, but slowly but surely if we start turning things around it will be good.”
Park was a former steel erector before an accident at work led him to buy Furness Park Laundrette. He watched his business grow and as it developed he moved to a new a new premises before eventually selling and then retiring in 2011.
Sunderland said of Park: “I first met Allan when he was co-opted onto the board in I believe 2011.He was in charge of the stadium and was dedicated, which is exactly what we need at the moment.
“I think he is a fantastic addition to the board, he brings a bit of the old way of thinking as well as the new way of thinking and that can compliment the outcome of any project that we have.”
His appointment swells board numbers to eight, but Sunderand would like to see more at the club.
“The more people we have on the board to divide the work up, it becomes easier for everybody,” he said.
“We get a better result at the end of it because you are not spreading yourself too thin.
“Jobs need to be shared and allocated, and the more we can do that the better.
“People don’t need to come on the board, volunteers can help as a non-associate director. It is vital for us, for our survival.”