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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.

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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.

Trust Newsletter, Winter 2014

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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Raith Rovers join the Football Memories League

Friday, May 9th, 2014

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.

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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Supporters Trust Quiz

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We are holding a Quiz Night at 7pm on Thursday 26th September in the Raith Suite at Starks Park. Teams will be able to test their knowledge on a wide range of subjects including music, film and television, news, general knowledge, Fife and of course, Scottish football.

Alan Russell, Chairman of the Raith Supporters Trust said “We are looking forward to welcoming people along to our quiz night. The event is open to all whether you’re a Rovers fan or just a fan of pub quizzes. There will be something for everyone and a few surprises on the night”

Entry is £10 per person which includes food for the evening, a free drink and a chance to win a top cash prize.

The quiz is open to teams of four and anyone wishing to book their place should contact Alan on chairman@raithtrust.org.uk or speak to us at the Trust Table in the South Stand at the Alloa game

Investments by Raith Forum supporters groups to RRFC

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The recent election of the supporters representative sparked a lot of discussion amongst Rovers supporters regarding the role of both the Raith Forum and the supporters representative. In order to clarify these issues we’d like to revisit the principles of shared ownership that were agreed by the various supporters groups several years ago.

During the 2005 “Reclaim The Rovers” fundraising campaign and subsequent takeover, the five supporters groups (Raith Rovers Supporters Club, 200 Club, Jim McMillan Club, Fife’s Finest, and Raith Supporters Trust) agreed that the Raith Supporters Trust would hold the collective supporters’ shareholding on behalf of the Raith Forum, due to its legal status as an Industrial & Provident Society. The Raith Supporters Trust would subsequently also administer the ongoing process of electing a board member to represent this shareholding on the board of New Raith Rovers Ltd.

At the time of the takeover, the funds raised by supporters during the campaign purchased a shareholding in New Raith Rovers Ltd of around 14% of the shares issued. As a result of new investment in recent years our collective shareholding now represents approximately 11.5% of the issued shares in New Raith Rovers Ltd.

A clause in the Memorandum and Articles states that a shareholding of 10% guarantees representation on the board of directors of New Raith Rovers Ltd, therefore it is essential that we maintain this level of investment.

In March 2006 at a meeting of the Raith Forum, it was agreed that all future contribution of funds by the member groups should be made as investments and held in a single shareholding by the Raith Supporters Trust on behalf of the supporters groups. A single shareholding gives the supporters the strongest voice possible within the company structure, while also ensuring that the supporters’ contributions can directly support the running of the football club.

Since 2006 further investment has been made via the Raith Supporters Trust by a number of the Raith Forum member groups and also by other non-member groups (most notably Fife’s Finest). However, in some cases shares have been purchased by supporters groups directly or made in the form of donations, and therefore cannot contribute to maintaining the fan’s collective shareholding.

It is critical that we continue to invest in the club through a single shareholding and therefore strive to channel the vast majority of our contributions to the club through this route. The football club board have made it clear that they are very comfortable with the principle that contributions by supporters groups can be treated as investments in return for shares.

This may seem like a relatively unimportant issue at present as we have a very positive relationship between the board of the football club and the supporters. Our own experience in the years leading up to the 2005 takeover, and the experience of fans at other football clubs where the relationship has not been so positive should be a clear reminder to us how fortunate we are at present. It is in these tougher times that issues of ownership and governance take on greater importance to us all, and maintaining the strongest voice possible during the good times is part of our “insurance policy” in case we ever find ourselves in the face of another crisis in the future.