Scottish Government Promote Consultation With Supporters Print This Post

Supporters Direct have issues the following press release regarding a consultation process which will run until mid January.

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The Scottish Government are promoting the opportunity for supporters in Scotland to have their views heard around the creation of legislation to help with advancing supporters involvement within the game.

Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring football supporters have the opportunity to be involved in the decision making and running of their football club wherever possible.

“I know some clubs already engage well with their fans, but I believe we can do more.

“Our consultation is seeking views on each of the main options to strengthen supporter involvement in clubs: a right to influence, a right to govern, a right to bid, and a right to buy.

“Football clubs occupy a special place in the hearts of supporters and communities in Scotland.

“This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of Scottish football. I encourage you to make your voice heard and have your say.”

The Scottish Government believes supporters should have a role in decision-making – or even ownership, when the opportunity arises – of their clubs.

Andrew Jenkin, head of Supporters Direct Scotland said, “we look forward to seeing the outcome of this consultation process.”

“We truly believe supporters are vital to football in Scotland and their views should be listened to throughout all aspects of the game’s governance. For the last 15 years, Supporters Direct Scotland have been working towards further involving supporters within the ownership of clubs through democratic structures.”

“We’re pleased that the Government are going to be taking on-board supporters views within this process and are happy to promote this opportunity to supporters to ensure their views are represented.”

Parliamentary debate on legislation earlier this year demonstrated unanimous support for this position and a consultation is now underway on the full range of options available on football supporter involvement – including ownership:

  • right to influence;
  • right to govern;
  • right to bid; and
  • right to buy.

The consultation is available online for people to complete, and the Scottish Government is working with fans’ representatives, football bodies and MSPs to ensure all views are heard.

The consultation timeline is longer than usual and will run until 15 January 2016 to specifically allow for the widest and most representative range of responses.

Following the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence. It is expected that a report on the consultation will be published in Spring 2016.

The consultation follows on from the Scottish Government’s establishment of a working group led by an independent chair, Senior Lecturer Stephen Morrow of Stirling University, which was asked to identify, consider and provide recommendations on potential ways to increase and improve supporter involvement clubs. The working group – which included representatives from the Scottish FA, Scottish Professional Football League, Supporters Direct Scotland and sportScotland – published its report on 30 January 2015 and made a number of recommendations which are now being taken forward.

About Supporters Direct:

  • Supporters Direct help fans to set up democratic cooperatives (known as supporters’ trusts) to gain influence in the running and ownership of their clubs.
  • SD and SD Scotland represent over 200 supporters’ trusts and similar organisations in England, Scotland and across Europe, with over 750,000 members.
  • 39  clubs  in  the  UK  are  owned  by  their  supporters, with three in the Scottish Professional Football League; four in the English Football League; and three in the top three divisions of English Rugby League

Fans Place Trust In Club Print This Post

Raith Rovers Supporters Trust gave the football club a huge vote of confidence this week with a significant £10,000 investment in the club. The Trust which along with other fan groupings represents the voice of supporters on the club’s Board of Directors, made one of their biggest ever contributions to the finances of the club.

Trust Chairman Alan Russell commented “We are delighted to support the current board as they work to strengthen the club on and off the pitch. We have already shown our support this season as the main sponsors of the Roary Club and the recent South Stand renovations. This investment strengthens the voice of fans at the club.”

cheque presentation 24 october 2015

This investment was only possible due to the subscriptions and generous donations from Trust members, and to the successful fundraising events we have held this year. In order to accelerate the journey towards our next investments, watch this space for details of our 2016 Burns Night to be held on the 23rd January. Let’s make it as successful as this year’s event!

Raith Rovers to become a Living Wage Employer Print This Post

Raith Rovers have today announced that they are to pay all of their non-footballing staff at least the Living Wage. We at the Raith Supporters Trust would like to publicly commend them on this move.

Tri-ing For The Rovers Print This Post

Good luck to Carol, who will be completing the final part of her tri-triathlon this Sunday. It’s not too late to sponsor her!

Starks Park Artwork on sale now! Print This Post

The Trust have teamed up with renowned artist, James Muddiman to bring Rovers supporters the opportunity to buy a fantastic new painting of Starks Park. The painting has only been completed in the last few weeks and the Raith Trust have A3 sized prints available to buy for only £15. These can be purchased at the Raith Trust table in the South Stand concourse before home games at Starks Park.

The Trust have also announced dates for two events this season, the Raith Trust Quiz will be on Thursday 24th September 2015 and the Raith Trust Burns Night will be held on Saturday 23rd January 2016. Keep the dates in your diaries – more details to be announced soon.


Change of Address Print This Post

The Raith Trust has come to an arrangement with the football club to allow all mail for the Trust to be sent to Starks Park and we are no longer using our PO Box address. As well as saving the trust over £200 a year, it further emphasises the closer co-operation that exists between the trust and the football club. Mail for the trust can also be handed in to the club office making it more convenient for fans to contact the trust. Of course on matchdays, any mail can also be handed in at the trust table in the south stand.

Our contact postal address is now: Raith Trust, c/o Starks Park, Pratt Street, Kirkcaldy, Fife, KY1 1SA.

TRI-ing For The Rovers – Update Print This Post

Carol Smith has sent us an update on her triathlon challenge… she has survived the first event and is very excited for the next!
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Raith Rovers Supporters Director – Consultation Print This Post

The initial investment of Raith Rovers supporters at the time of the Reclaim the Rovers takeover, and the continuing investment of supporters through the Trust entitle us to elect a representative to the board of New Raith Rovers Ltd. We have had four representatives – Ali More, Alex Condie, Tom Phillips, and the current Supporters Director Dave Wann. Until now, the selection and election of our representative has been done by the members of the supporters’ groups who constitute the Raith Forum (Supporters Club, Trust, 200 Club, McMillan Club and Rovers Down South) – only their members are eligible to stand for election or to vote in an election.

Two years ago, we received a number of questions and comments about the election process and eligibility criteria. We committed then to reviewing the process and inviting suggestions for how the process could be enhanced. The existing process was designed to ensure that the following principles were met:

  • Ensuring that every candidate and every voter is a genuine Raith Rovers supporter
  • Maximising the number of votes cast by eligible voters by ensuring the process is open, transparent and accessible
  • Minimising the cost and administrative burden of the process.

This survey invites you to give us your thoughts and suggestions as to how we can improve the election of the Raith Rovers Supporters Director, in particular how to expand the electorate whilst maintaining the integrity of the process. It involves a series of tick box questions and also provides a chance to provide more detailed feedback. Please feel free to write as much or as little as you want! Your views are very important to us and will help shape the process in the future. This survey will remain open until 31st May. All responses are completely confidential so please feel free to be completely open and honest.

Click here to participate in the consultation.

TRI-ing for the Rovers 2015 Print This Post

Trust member Carol Smith is preparing for another fundraising triathlon in Barcelona. Read on for details of her progress and how to sponsor her!
The past three Octobers I have taken part in the Garmin Triathlon here in Barcelona to raise funds and support for Raith Supporters Trust.
In 2012 I completed a super sprint (400m swim, 10km bike and 2.5km run), in 2013/14 I upped the distance to sprint (750m swim, 20km bike and 5km). This year I am going to up that distance again and do the Olympic event, 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run. But that is not all…

TRI-ing for the Rovers is going to do a TRI of sporting events over 10 weeks.
1. On May 9th I will slip into the wetsuit and complete 2000m open water swim along the beach front of Barcelona.
2. On June 21st the main event takes place, The Garmin Triathlon.
3. To top it off on July 19th I will complete a sprint distance Triathlon, again along the beach front of Barcelona.

In total we hope to complete 79,250m, I will even think about running an 750m at the end to make it an even 80,000!

Of course I can’t do any of this without the support of all of you guys (and a very patient family). Thanks for the likes, the comments and of course the sponsorship.

‘Strict Liability’ for Offensive Behaviour Print This Post

Following on from the events of last Friday, the Raith Supporters Trust today wrote to the Chairman of Raith Rovers calling on the club to support the introduction of strict liability to Scottish football. We feel this is a vital step to help eradicate sectarian and offensive behaviour at football grounds.

Dear Alan,

We are writing to you in relation to the sectarian chanting at our recent home game against Rangers FC and the ongoing debate in the press around this issue.

I am sure you will agree that the level of sectarian singing at the Rangers match was completely unacceptable and not the kind of atmosphere which supporters of our club wish to be exposed to whilst following their team.

Regrettably, this, and other offensive behaviour, is not a new problem for Scottish football. It is the latest in a long line of incidents which continue to blight our game and numerous initiatives by the football authorities and clubs have failed to eradicate this hatred from Scottish football.

The Raith Supporters Trust believe that a change in approach is required if we are serious about tackling this issue.

That is why we are calling for UEFA’s ‘strict liability’ principles to be introduced into Scottish football. We believe that this change in approach would help eradicate the kind of offensive behaviour we witnessed recently at Stark’s Park. The strict liability principle has been effective in tackling racism, homophobia and other forms of unacceptable behaviour in European football. It applies to all UEFA-run competitions, and has been adopted by a number of individual football associations including the English FA and we believe that it is an approach that is urgently needed in Scottish football.

We are not alone in supporting this change. The introduction of European style sanctions reflect the recommendations made by Scottish Government’s advisory group on sectarianism and have been supported by leading anti-sectarian charity Nil by Mouth. Simply leaving it to individual clubs and hoping that it goes away has proved to have failed.

Raith Rovers FC has in recent years taken the lead on the future of the Scottish game and issues of sporting integrity. This has improved the reputation of Raith Rovers and given our support an even greater sense of pride in this great club. We hope that you can further enhance this by supporting our call for proposals to introduce strict liability to be brought forward as soon as possible and voting in favour of it.

Best regards
Alan Russell
Chairman of Raith Supporters Trust