Making of Men – Aidan Coyles

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It’s always been recognised that (except by the PC brigade) that combative team sports are great leveller and character builder.  The folks in the club youth section will remember AIDAN COYLES who, until he emigrated to Canada last September, was hooker for our under 15’s.

Truth be told, he wasn’t too keen on going to Canada, but it is understood that he has settled well and enjoying life across “the pond”.

Reproduced below is a letter from his dad, Chris, in which he expresses appreciation for what his son has achieved at rugby after first getting his grounding at Warwick Road.  It is indeed, a heartening story, and one that members of Carlisle RFC can take pride in.

Aidan Coyles (back row) held aloft by his team mates prior to emigrating to Canada.

Aidan Coyles (back row) held aloft by his team mates prior to emigrating to Canada.











“Hi Dave

 I hope you are keeping well.  This is just a note of thanks to Carlisle Rugby Club.

As you are aware the Coyles family emigrated to Calgary, Alberta, Canada in September of last year.  It has been a hard transition for our eldest son Aidan who is 15, as he had so many friends in Carlisle and he was enjoying his rugby playing hooker for the under 15’s, with Mike Howe and Paul Minnet as his coaches.  He started to play at under 12 level and has enjoyed every minute of the last four years. Mike and Paul have created something very special with this team.

Having been as police officer in Carlisle for the last 17 years I can honestly say I have never seen a group of teenage boys so committed to each other and the Club, and be such a pleasure to be around.  Out of this sense of team has come great success with the team winning the county cup twice and only losing a handful of games in four years.

Aidan was struggling to come to terms with the move but has recently had trials for the Alberta under v18′s team and he was taken on, and has since been on a 10 day tour to Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, where they played three games.  Aidan missed out on the first game which they lost but played as a flanker in the second and third games which they won.  His coaches were very pleased with his strength and committment to the game which they had doubted due to his slight build.

Aidan is now hoping to be selected to play in the Canada Games being held at Prince Edward Island in August.

He has also been playing for his school team and the local club, Foothills Lions at both under 16 and under 18 level.

Aidan now has a very positive attitude towards his new surroundings which has come about through his exposure to rugbyu, so thanks again Carlisle Rugby Club and a special thank you to Mike and Paul.



So, there you have it  – a great advert for the commttment and dedication of the youth coaching staff at Carlisle.

We send out best wishes to Aidan and Chris and their family, and we will be rooting for him later in the year at the Canada Games!

Hopefully his family will keep us up to date.