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Local crime writer Val McDermid will be the star attraction at the first ever Raith Rover’s Burns Supper in January. The event which is being organised by the Raith Supporters Trust will be held on Saturday 24th January in the Beveridge Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy. Val will be joining Raith Rovers fans an a number of other special guests at the event which is guaranteed to be an entertaining evening.
Supporters Trust Chairman Alan Russell said “We are really looking forward to the Burns Supper and are delighted that Val has agreed to be our guest of honour. We are hoping to have a few other well known Rover’s faces along and there will be some great prizes in our raffle and some special Rovers’ memorabillia up for auction. It should be a great night.” The evening will include a traditional three course Burns supper and tickets are priced at a very reasonable £25 per person or £200 for a table of ten. There will also be a £5 discount on tickets for all Raith Supporters Trust members. Tickets are available online from http://raithtrust.brownpapertickets.com, and fans will also be able to snap up tickets from the Trust Table in the South Stand at the Hibernian game on Saturday.
Venue: The Boathouse, Aberdour
Present: Tam Cunningham (TC), Steve Wallace (SW), James Proctor (JP), Niall Russell (NR), Steven Lawther (SL) & Alan Russell (AR).
Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC)
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As you may already know Raith Supporters Trust Board member Steven Lawther has written a book about our famous League Cup victory in 1994. “Unthinkable” tells the story of how the club went from playing in front of a few hundred people at the bottom of the old Second Division to the Premier Division and beating Celtic to lift the Coca Cola Cup.
It is packed full of stories and memories from former players and managers and even has a contribution from the Celtic captain Paul McStay whose penalty was saved by Rovers’ ‘keeper Scott Thomson. It also includes a foreword from crime writer Val McDermid. The book has been getting excellent reviews on Fantalk, where it has been described as a ‘must have’ for every Rovers’ fan.
It is priced £14.99 with all proceeds donated to the Trust to invest in the club. The book is available in Kirkcaldy Waterstones and from Amazon but if you can then please buy direct from Steven as the club will receive more money that way. He will be selling “Unthinkable” at every home game from the Trust table in the South Stand or you can contact him direct on email@example.com to arrange delivery.
The “Tiel Burn Enders” have joined the Football Memories League and have staged their first “matches” at Starks Park. The group recalls the memories of old football matches by looking at photographs and memorabilia of the period 1950 to about 1980. The Raith Supporters Trust approached Alzheimer Scotland to set up a group in the stadium, and they now meet on Sunday afternoons once a month.
The highly successful Football Memories project started out back in 2004, and is now well-established all across Scotland, from Stranraer to Shetland. It uses images of old football matches and memorabilia to help stimulate recall and memory. There are over 80 “teams” in the Alzheimer Scotland Football Memories League and each has chosen its own name and colour. Each group has a trained football memories volunteer and a member of Alzheimer Scotland staff in attendance. A local group already exists in the Alzheimer Scotland Resources Centre in Kirkcaldy, and this group has helped to bring the Raith Supporters Trust team up to speed with how the sessions work.
The Football Memories work has been featured on TV and radio and has attracted interest from within the UK as well as from abroad, notably from Spain and the USA.
In the existing groups in Day Centres and Care Homes, there have been several examples of the Football Memories work having a significant effect on individuals concerned. The names, the debates, the memories are all triggered by the images. The players and the teams are from their era, their town, their experience. They are back on the terraces again. They are among friends and the names come flooding back- McNaught, Colville, Leigh, McEwan, Baxter and so on.
The aim is to have a Starter Pack of 100 images for each Scottish team, and it is hoped that a Rovers pack will be produced soon.
Michael White, the Alzheimer Scotland project manager said,”We are delighted to see the Raith Supporters Trust become involved. In time, we hope to have a national co-operative of all clubs and this will enable us to share images and materials to help people with dementia and memory problems. The early sessions have been great and we have heard some fascinating stories – not all of which have appeared in the football history books!”
If you, or a loved one, would like to join the Tiel Burn Enders, contact Alan Russell at the Raith Supporters Trust by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 07780 993288 to find out details of the group’s next meeting.
Co-operative Energy is set to harness the power of sports fans with the announcement of a major new sponsorship agreement with Supporters Direct.
Co-operative Energy is to become the Official Energy Partner to Supporters Direct in a two year deal lasting until 2016, with fans set to benefit from simplified, competitive tariffs and Supporters Trusts given access to a profit sharing agreement which will see funds pumped back into Supporter Initiatives.
The agreement will also see Co-operative Energy supporting Supporters Direct’s core work in with Rugby League, Premier League, Football League and Non-League clubs the length of the country, which aims to encourage sustainability and supporter involvement in the game.
In addition to securing a set of commercial rights the partnership deal will see Co-operative Energy working closely with all of the Supporters’ Trusts in England and Wales to promote environmental awareness, in particular energy efficiency, and help communicate some of the practical solutions that will move them to a more sustainable future.
Speaking at the launch of the sponsorship deal, Co-operative Energy General Manager Ramsay Dunning said: “We are looking forward to building a successful relationship with Supporters Direct over the next two seasons. Co-operative Energy has not only been identified for our simplified tariffs but we have been recognised in the industry for our outstanding customer service. We will be bringing this to a new network of supporters up and down the country and we look forward to developing this partnership.”
And Commercial Manager at Supporters Direct, Mark Bullock said: “I am delighted to welcome Co-operative Energy as the Official Energy Partner to Supporters Direct. Their involvement is representative of our shared cooperative values and celebrates the success of the supporters trust movement in the U.K. Their support for our core work is particularly encouraging and the partnership allows Supporters Trusts to generate an important residual income which will reinforce the organisations’ community benefit. Strengthening the Supporters Trust network is at the top of our agenda and we welcome Cooperative Energy to our growing list of commercial partners in the current season and look forward to a successful relationship.”
Co-operative Energy, which is part of The Midcounties Co-operative, now has 200,000 customers.
Keep up to date with news from the Trust by following us on Twitter at @raithtrust. We will also keep our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/raithsupporterstrust) up to date with all breaking news.
The club has now announced ticketing arrangements for the Ramsdens Cup Final on April 6th. We are delighted to have secured an allocation of tickets for Raith Supporters Trust members to ensure that no Trust member misses out on this important match. We would ask any member who requires a ticket for this match to contact us no later than February 26th at email@example.com
Tickets will then be made available for collection at the Falkirk match on Saturday 1st March from the Supporters Trust table in the South Stand. (We will seek to make alternative arrangements directly with any members who live away from Kirkcaldy)
Due to the limited allocation the club has received we regret that we can only offer one ticket per Trust member.
Venue: The Boathouse, Aberdour
Present: Tam Cunningham (TC), Steve Wallace (SW), James Proctor (JP), Niall Russell (NR), Steven Lawther (SL), Graeme Condie (GC) & Alan Russell (AR).
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