RRFC Supporter–Director: Election Open Print This Post

Nominations for the position of Supporter-nominated Director have now closed.

The Candidates

There have been two nominations submitted to serve in this role: Gordon Adamson and Alan Russell.

Further info on the candidates can be viewed below.

The Role

The successful candidate will be appointed to the board of the football club’s holding company, New Raith Rovers. It may also lead to the person being appointed to the board of the football club. The position exists because of the ongoing collective investment that fans make through their supporters’ organisations.

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Voting opens today and closes at 10pm on Friday 26th February 2016.

To vote in this election, voters must be current adult members of any of the Raith Forum groups (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South and Raith Trust) OR an adult Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder.

In a departure from previous elections, voters can now cast their vote online; emailed instructions on how to do this will be sent out to all eligible individuals in the next 24 hours.

Those individuals who have not submitted an email address to any of the Forum groups (or Raith Rovers FC for season ticket holders) will receive a postal ballot form in the post in the next week.

Hustings Event

There will be an election hustings event scheduled early next week (w/c 15th February 2016) where voters will get a chance to hear the 2 candidates speak, as well as an opportunity to put any question to the candidates. Details will be confirmed and announced by the end of this week.

 

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Ally Gourlay (1962-2016) Print This Post

allyLike all Raith Rovers fans, and many others from across Scottish football, we were saddened to learn of the death of Ally Gourlay in the early hours of Sunday morning. Ally was one of those rare people whose infectious enthusiasm for life rubbed off on everyone he met; and since his diagnosis in early 2014 his bravery and positivity were inspirational and humbling.

Ally will be very sadly missed.

http://www.raithrovers.net/23313/ally-gourlay.htm

A Fan’s A Fan For A’ That Print This Post

The Raith Trust hosted their second annual Burns’ Night at the Victoria Hotel in Kirkcaldy last Saturday.

Photo: Gosia Russell (c)

© Gosia Russell

In the capacity crowd were Rovers manager, Ray McKinnon and coaches Laurie Ellis and Grant Johnston, Scottish actor and renowned Burns reader Tam Dean Burn (brother of the late Philip Burn, former Rovers player in the early 90s), along with special guests from the Kirkcaldy Foodbank, Roary Club parents and a whole host of Rovers fans, Burns fans and other weel kent faces.

The guests were treated to Rovers fan Derek Purvis performing the Address to The Haggis, The Selkirk Grace from Trust Chairman Alan Russell and the Haggis being piped in by none other than Roary Rover.

A fine Burns supper was had followed by a superb Immortal Memory from Tam Dean Burn followed up by a bumper raffle and auction from Trust Board members Steve Wallace & Steven Lawther. In between all of that Niall Russell interviewed both Ray McKinnon and Laurie Ellis about their time at the Rovers and their earlier careers.

A braw nicht was had by all and a 4 figure sum was raised for the Raith Trust funds which as ever will be invested back into Raith Rovers Football Club.

Plans are already afoot for next year’s event – don’t miss it!

RRFC Supporter–Director: Nominations Sought Print This Post

Raith-Rovers-Badge3Nominations for the position of Supporter-nominated Director are now being sought.

The role, which sees the successful candidate appointed to the board of the football club’s holding company, New Raith Rovers, may also lead to the person being appointed to the board of the football club. The position exists because of the ongoing collective investment that fans make through their supporters’ organisations.

The current Supporter–Director, David Wann, is stepping down from the role and not standing for re–election.

Nominations are sought from Raith Rovers supporters interested in fulfilling the role.

To carry out this role, candidates must be current adult members of any of the Raith Forum groups (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South and Raith Trust) OR a Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder (adults and Senior Citizens only).

After a consultation of Raith Rovers supporters in 2015 it was agreed that the criteria for both eligibility to stand as a candidate and vote in any election be extended to Raith Rovers adult season ticket holders as well as members of Raith Forum groups.

Nomination forms and details on the duties and responsibilities of the role can be requested by emailing:

secretary@raithtrust.org.uk

Nominations, seconded by two members of Raith Forum groups (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South and Raith Trust) OR a Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder (adults and Senior Citizens only), should be received no later than Sunday 7th February 2016.

In the event of more than one nomination being received an election will take place between Monday 8th February and Friday 26th February 2016.

Raith Trust Burns Night – Saturday 23rd January 2016 Print This Post


The Raith Trust are delighted to announce the return of their popular Burns Night fundraiser.

Last year’s sold out event saw almost 150 attendees enjoy a great night of Burns with the traditional Burns Night Haggis, mixed with some great words from Val McDermid and a great Q&A session with Jock McStay and Frank Connor and raised over £2,000 in funds which go to support Raith Rovers Football Club.

The 2016 Raith Trust Burns Night will take place on Saturday 23rd January at a different venue, the Victoria Hotel in Kirkcaldy.

Tam Dean Burn, renowned actor and writer has been confirmed as a speaker and there will be more to be confirmed and announced shortly.

There will be a 3 course Burns Night meal, the Big Burns Night Raffle, Auction, and many familiar faces reading Burns favourite poems.

Tickets cost £25 per person, with a £5 discount for Raith Trust members, and anyone wishing to book a table of ten, will be able to book a table for £200 – a £50 saving. Please note that we can only offer one of these savings with any purchase.

Tickets can be bought through the following methods…

Online – http://raithburns.brownpapertickets.com

At the Raith Trust table in the South Stand concourse before the matches v Alloa (26th December) and the cup tie v Hibs (9th January)

All other queries should be directed to events@raithtrust.org.uk

Scottish Football Partnership announces support for Raith Rovers Community Foundation Print This Post

The Scottish Football Partnership today announced its support for the Raith Rovers Community Foundation. The initiatives it will support include:

  • a partnership with local schools to offer primary school children the opportunity to access football coaching and fun football in a safe and structured environment
  • the “Kick-Off” Health Initiative, which will encourage people from 20-50 to get fit and learn about general well-being and healthy eating
  • a keep fit class for young, isolated parents in partnership with local Health Visitors and Fife Council’s Community Learning and Development service
  • a joint project with local High School and Fife Council to deliver a programme for students in S2 and S3 to help improve their self-confidence and communication skills

DSC_0144Over the years, many people have asked what it means to be a “community football club”, and there is no better demonstration of what this means than these projects. Raith Rovers doesn’t merely exist within the local community, it plays an active role in improving people’s lives in this community.

More information on these initiatives can be found at http://www.thescottishfootballpartnership.com/sfp-community-initiative-raith-rovers-community-foundation/

League Cup re-vamp… what do you think? Print This Post

Earlier this week it was announced that the League Cup will be restructured to include a group stage before the beginning of the league season, bonus points for penalty shoot-out victories, and a winter break for the top tier clubs (and potentially for clubs in the divisions below).

Read the BBC website article for more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/35031970

We would be keen to hear your opinions on these changes, let us know what you think.

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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.

Have your say online at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2015/09/8222

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.

http://www.raithrovers.net/20354/rovers-to-pay-the-living-wage.htm