Workington Town player Marc Shackley went to visit fan Yvonne Matthews when she was in a coma. His visit helped bring her round.
Don Gailer will leave his post as head coach of Whitehaven Rugby League Football Club with immediate effect.
World Cup Rugby League will be played in west Cumbria.
Dave Woods, who is the head coach of Whitehaven RLFC, said the squad are looking forward to having a fun day at the races:
Whitehaven Coach Dave Woods got the idea when he lived in Australia. Discounts were given to Rugby fans attending race meetings. Attendances went up as a result and the Rugby Club shared in the profits. It worked Down Under, and Richard Clements believes both parties can benefit here as well.
Whitehaven Rugby League Club will launch its own corporate raceday at Carlisle this summer.
Supporters of the west Cumbrian club will be offered discounted tickets and discounted travel to a meeting this summer.
International players Lee Paterson (Scotland), Rodney Pora (Papua New Guinea) and Seb Martins (France) will be on hand as details of the meeting are announced.
The three players are all hopeful of being part of this year's Rugby League World Cup, which will see some group games played in Cumbria.
There were opening day wins for both Workington Town and Whitehaven in Rugby League's Championship. Whitehaven beat York 32 - 22 at home and Town won away at Swinton 14 - 10.
After promotion for both West Cumbrian teams last year, Workington and Whitehaven start their campaigns in the Championship today.
Town start life at the higher level with a trip to Swinton. Whitehaven enjoy home advantage for their first game, against York City Knights, and new head coach Dave Woods told ITV Border that he thinks the future is bright...
Workington Town rugby league player and hospital worker Marc Shackley has been branded a hero after helping heart attack victim Yvonne Matthews make a rapid recovery from a coma.
Rugby fan Yvonne had been unconscious for three weeks until Marc spent time at her bedside talking sport and giving her signed photos.
Now she's back home on the road to recovery and says it's all thanks to Marc
Don Gailer returned from France and told ITV he was extremely disappointed about the way the situation been handled by the club. He said it should have been discussed face to face not while he was out of the country. But he thanked the fans for their support and kind wishes.
He added: "I have been reading the fan forum pages and they've helped me feel a bit better about the situation. Most of them are as shocked as I was about the change in events.
"The board have handled the situation very badly, they could have waited for me to return so we could have sat down to discussed the issues. They now have to answer their fans."