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Trust Chair Receives Richard Lillicrap Award

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017

Alan Russell, chair of the Raith Supporters Trust, recently received the Richard Lillicrap Award for Outstanding Services to the Supporters’ Trust Movement. Alan is the first Scottish recipient of the award which was established to remember the legacy of Richard Lillicrap, a Board member at the Swans Trust who was passionate about helping supporters and Supporters Trusts with their aims and ambitions for representation within their club.

Alan received the award for his work in developing the SD Scotland Index, a document which offers transparency on who owns what within Scottish football and how clubs are engaging with their fans. The Index looks at the breakdown of ownership and governance at every SPFL club.

Alan said, “I was extremely surprised but very honoured to receive the Richard Lillicrap Award. In truth, my main motivation to begin the work on the SDS Index was to satisfy my own curiosity, but I am delighted that it has also proved to be useful to others in Scottish football.”

“Supporters Direct’s input was invaluable in expanding the scope of this work from ownership to also monitor the levels of engagement and transparency at our clubs, and we will continue to refine the Index and keep it up to date as (hopefully) clubs use this as a source of identifying best practice.”

Raith Supporters Trust Increases Investment In RRFC

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Keen-eyed Trust members will already know that we increased our investment in the football club last week. Mindful of the impact of Saturday’s postponement, and of the fact that this is typically a time of year when the club’s cash-flow is stretched, we chose to invest a further £5,000 in New Raith Rovers Ltd.

We were delighted to see the Jim McMillan Club and the 200 Club make similar contributions to the football club, and hope that our combined efforts – and the non-financial contributions of other supporters groups and individual volunteers – help the club through to the new year when we we have a more favourable run of fixtures.

RRFC website article

Fife Free Press article

Courier article

Raith Supporters Trust AGM, 17th December 2016

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

Our next Annual General Meeting takes place at 1.15pm on Saturday 17th December in the Adam Smith Centre, Kirkcaldy. This AGM will present the last 3 years Trust accounts for your review, and will be followed by a more informal session to discuss a number of fundraising initiatives.

If you cannot attend and require any vote to be cast on your behalf, please contact me to request a Proxy form.

The formal business of the AGM will commence at 1.15pm. As normally happens at our AGMs, two of our board members will be standing down on rotation. Both have indicated their willingness to be considered for re-election, alongside any member who wishes to stand for election. Fresh blood on the Trust board is always welcomed, and I would encourage anyone with an interest in becoming more involved in the Trust to come forward at this point, at the AGM or at any point in the future.

Accounts can be viewed at the following links:
2013-14 Accounts
2014-15 Accounts
2015-16 Accounts

Who Owns What?

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

In 2008 we published our first summary of “who owns what” at Raith Rovers, and since then we have continued to update this to incorporate changes to the ownership structure and trends in the club’s performance on and off the park.

Click here to download a PowerPoint file which shows how the structure of Raith Rovers evolved over the last 35 years. If you do not have PowerPoint on your computer, you can download a free PowerPoint viewer from Microsoft.

Thanks go to John Litster for granting us permission to use the historical financial data originally published in his excellent book “Always Next Year”. The figures for the years since its 2008 publication are taken from the accounts of Raith Rovers FC Ltd, Raith Rovers Holdings Ltd, New Raith Rovers Ltd and Starks Park Properties Ltd – and all figures have been adjusted for inflation to 2017 prices.

The infographic is best viewed in large format – for best results download the file below and then print it out on A3 paper.

Who Owns What? (2017 version)

Raith supporters place their trust in Gary Locke!

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

GL pic photoFollowing the stirring derby victory over Dunfermline Athletic recently, Trust board members Steve Wallace and Alan Russell met with Gary Locke to welcome him to the club, congratulate him on the afternoon’s victory, and present him with a framed print of James Muddiman’s iconic painting of Starks Park.

Gary assured us that the print would be taking pride of place on the wall of his office in Starks Park, and we wish him a long and successful reign in Kirkcaldy.

 

Fixture Rescheduling

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Last week, the Livi For Life trust and the Raith Supporters Trust sent a joint letter to Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL, regarding the rescheduling of the final set of fixtures in this season’s Championship campaign. Following this, we were pleased to speak to Mr Doncaster to discuss the issues raised in our letter.

L4L RST

The key concerns we raised included:

  • Whether the impact of moving 5 fixtures in order to accommodate 1 fixture in the TV schedule was acceptable or appropriate
  • What consideration was given to the financial impact on clubs of fixture changes, and what consultation takes place with clubs
  • What consideration was given to the impact on the supporters’ matchday experience, and what consultation takes place with supporters
  • What mechanisms are in place for clubs to challenge the rescheduling of their fixtures

Many of the issues we discussed are confidential in nature, relating to the commercial arrangements with various broadcasters. We can report, however, that Mr Doncaster acknowledged the difficulties that the rescheduling of fixtures raised for supporters, particularly those at key points in the football season; and that our concerns were listened to and understood by Mr Doncaster, and in many cases shared. Where we weren’t in total agreement, we were pleased that the constructive tone of the conversation allowed these concerns to be noted for consideration in future.

We will strive to ensure structured dialogue on issues such as these takes place, and would welcome any opportunities for supporter representation in discussions with broadcasters going forward.

We would like to express our gratitude to Andrew Jenkin of Supporters Direct Scotland for helping to arrange this conversation. SDS and the network of Trusts that it supports provide a forum for dialogue and engagement between supporters across Scotland, and with the football authorities, and we appreciate the opportunities that this creates.

Fixture Rescheduling

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Working closely with our counterparts at the Livi For Life trust, we have sent a joint letter to the SPFL expressing our concerns at the rescheduling of this season’s final set of fixtures. Whilst the financial impact of this particular decision is greater for Livingston than for us, this is part of a greater issue that we would like to see resolved by the football authorities – our final home fixture this Saturday will be similarly impacted, and previous televised fixtures have seen significant reductions in attendance this season.

We will keep you informed of any developments regarding this issue.

Fans Place Trust In Club

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

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!

Change of Address

Monday, June 29th, 2015

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.

Raith Rovers Supporters Director – Consultation

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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.