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.

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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.

Details of how sponsor will be posted very soon on my Facebook page.

‘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

Raith Rovers FC – General Meeting, 12th February 2015 Print This Post

The Fife Free Press published an excellent article summarising the recent General Meeting at Starks Park. For those who couldn’t make it, here is some more detail on the information presented by the club to those present.
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Trust Newsletter, Winter 2014 Print This Post

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Kirkcaldy Crime Writer Set For Rovers’ Burns Supper Print This Post


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.

Trust Board Meeting, 23rd August 2014 Print This Post

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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“Unthinkable” is on sale now! Print This Post

Unthinkable

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 steven@redcircle.org.uk to arrange delivery.

Raith Rovers join the Football Memories League Print This Post

Alzheimer ScotlandThe “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 chairman@raithtrust.org.uk or by phone on 07780 993288 to find out details of the group’s next meeting.