Raith Supporters Trust AGM – 24th November 2020 Print This Post

All Trust members have been sent formal notification of our forthcoming AGM at 7pm on Tuesday 24 November. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the meeting will take place online using Zoom.

If you are able to attend please email secretary@raithtrust.org.uk and you will be sent the link for the meeting.

At 7.30pm we will be joined by Stadium Manager, Scott Boyd, for a Q&A session about stadium changes at Stark’s Park and plans for the return of fans when that becomes possible.

If you are unable to make the AGM but would like to send a proxy, either allowing someone else to vote or to give your vote to the Chairperson, please get in touch. If you are interested in joining the board please also get in touch.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 24th.

Please also download our Winter 2020 newsletter with an overview of recent news from the Trust.

Trust Board Meeting, 6th October 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Colin Flinn (CF), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR)
Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC), Andy Simpson (AS) & Steve Wallace (SW)

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Trust Board Meeting, 8th September 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Graeme Condie (GC), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR), Andy Simpson (AS) & Steve Wallace (SW)
Apologies: Colin Flinn (CF)

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Trust Board Meeting, 4th August 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP) & Alan Russell (AR)
Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC), Colin Flinn (CF), Andy Simpson (AS) & Steve Wallace (SW)

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Season Ticket Pricing – We Believe There’s A Better Way Print This Post

When the club’s season ticket pricing was announced recently, we were pleased to see that the price of each level of ticket has been reduced from last season. Ticket sales have got off to a brisk start, which speaks volumes for our fans’ willingness to support their club despite the uncertainty about when we will actually be allowed back into stadiums. This generosity and commitment to helping the club has been consistent throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

We are, however, one of just a few clubs who offer a single price for all age groups of junior supporters, and Starks Park is regrettably the most expensive ground in our division for primary school age children. We have campaigned for prices to be reduced (particularly for our youngest fans) for several years, and have supported the establishment and development of the Roary Club in order to improve the matchday experience for these young fans. We have done this for two reasons – because this is the age when kids pick “their club”, and also because we lose adult supporters when they become parents if it is difficult or expensive to bring their kids with them.

The club have made massive progress in creating a better atmosphere and experience for kids, but at £65 (£55 for renewals) we are unfortunately still one of the most expensive clubs in Scotland for this age group, and last season we were the third most expensive in the country (only the Old Firm were more expensive). The Raith Supporters Trust were able to offer a subsidy which brought the club’s pricing more in line with our League One rivals, but this was only due to us being in the fortunate position of having received a legacy in a former member’s will. In this season’s Championship, the only two other clubs to have a single price for all school age children are Alloa (£40) and Queen of the South (£14); of the other five who have announced their pricing so far, four charge less than £20 for primary school age fans, with only Hearts close to our pricing at £50.

Earlier this summer we made a proposal to the club to introduce differentiated pricing for under 5s, under 12s and under 17s, and hoped that the club would see the value in encouraging young fans and their parents to make a visit to Starks Park a regular part of their lives. We believe that in not doing so, the club has missed an opportunity to continue growing the fanbase of the future. The Trust will continue to campaign for reduced prices for primary school age fans.

Trust Board Meeting, 7th July 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Colin Flinn (CF), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR), Andy Simpson (AS) & Steve Wallace (SW)
Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC)

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Trust Board Meeting, 2nd June 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Colin Flinn (CF), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR) & Andy Simpson (AS)
Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC), Steven Lawther (SL), Steve Wallace (SW)

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Raith Supporters Trust pick up the tab for season ticket refunds Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust have stepped in to make sure that the club don’t lose out on recent season ticket refunds. Raith Rovers had offered all season ticket holders a refund due to not being able to finish the season, with a small number of supporters taking up the offer. The Raith Supporters Trust have offered to cover the cost of the refunds to make sure that the club didn’t lose out financially and the club have accepted.

Trust Chairman Alan Russell said “This is a difficult time for many supporters and offering fans a refund was the right thing to do. It was great to see club go even further and extend an offer to help fans who are struggling in any way they could. As a Supporters Trust we wanted to make sure that the club didn’t lose out financially, so we have made a donation to cover the cost of the refunds that were given. It has been great to see the fans come together the last few months and work to support the club. We are proud that Raith Rovers is a strong community club where the voice of fans is heard and valued.”

2020 Summer Update Print This Post

Despite the prolonged absence of Scottish football action there has been plenty to keep our attention – and we need to recognise and be thankful that Raith Rovers are weathering this storm in better shape than many clubs. That is no small part due to the efforts of the players and backroom team up until March 13th, keeping their noses in front of Falkirk, Airdrieonians, Montrose and East Fife. This secured promotion after three seasons in League One, and we wish those four teams the very best of fortune in next season’s campaign, whenever it begins. It was a genuine five horse race in 2019/20, with fantastic matches against each of those teams (and some really stern tests from those who finished further behind the top five). It does not feel right that these teams were not given the chance to fight for the second promotion place that would otherwise have been up for grabs.

Raith Rovers Football Club have also benefited from strong and decisive leadership within the boardroom – we were one of the first clubs in the country to launch a crowdfunding campaign, which brought in a massive amount of money. Rovers fan Ruaridh Kilgour’s company, Fanwave Digital, were the brains behind the innovative donateaticket.com fundraising platform which has raised over £150,000 for clubs across the country – including more than £15,000 donated by Rovers supporters. The Raith Rovers family have put their money where their mouth is and dug deep to help the club, and we are immensely proud of the way in which we have come together to ensure that our club survives and is in the best shape it can be by the time the Championship campaign begins.

As a Supporters Trust we have not wanted to distract from the clubs fundraising efforts so we helped to promote these through all of our social media channels. But we have still been busy and have been using this time to prepare for the future and are delighted to now have an online membership platform ready to launch, automating many of the more time-consuming tasks involved in running the Trust, and will be able to communicate directly with members more easily in the future. When the new season is finally upon us we will be encouraging every Rovers supporter to use this platform to sign up as a Trust member, with our focus shifting from share ownership to supporter engagement.

We will also be catching up with governance activities after lockdown, having postponed our AGM until face-to-face meetings are once again permitted. In the event that restrictions remain in place long-term we will move this process to an online platform, but our preference is to meet with you in person. We’ve missed you all!

Trust Board Meeting, 6th May 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR), Andy Simpson (AS) & Steve Wallace (SW)
Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC), Colin Flinn (CF)

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