Archive for August, 2007

Show Racism The Red Card

Friday, August 31st, 2007


As you may have seen on the club’s website, the Show Racism The Red Card fortnight of action is coming up soon. This is something that was discussed earlier this week in the Trust’s board meeting, and we’re very keen to support this initiative again. In a couple of previous years we’ve run 7-a-side football tournaments in support of Show Racism The Red Card, and we’re looking for ideas on what we can do this year – the football tournament took a huge amount of work behind the scenes and we’re unfortunately not in a position to undertake this again this year.

What type of thing would you like to see done during the fortnight of action, and more importantly would you be willing to help make it happen? Please add a comment to this post, or contact us directly with your ideas or simply to offer to lend a hand with whatever we organise.

For more information on the campaign click here

Trust Board Meeting, 27th August 2007

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Venue: Novar Bar, Kirkcaldy
Present: Alan Russell (AR), Graeme Condie (GC), James Proctor (JP), Blair White (BW) and Tam Cunningham (TC)
Apologies: John Mainland (JM) and George Howie (GW) (more…)

Medium Term Planning Session, 11th August 2007

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

Venue: The Boat House, Aberdour
Present: Alan Russell (AR), Graeme Condie (GC), George Howie (GW), John Mainland (JM), James Proctor (JP), Tam Cunningham (TC) and Tom Phillips (TP)
Apologies: Blair White (BW) and Mike Melville (MM)

After taking “a year off” there was a lot of interest in re-energising the activity of the Trust, so we shifted our focus from the short-term issues which tend to dominate our regular board meetings, and spent a couple of hours developing a timeline for the next year or so. (more…)

A league with a social conscience

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

Really interesting article from ESPN Soccernet:

A league with a social conscience

Uli Hesse-Lichtenberger

Every once in a while, I glance with a bit of envy at columns sent in by Phil Ball, Roberto Gotta or Jon Carter and Norman Hubbard. They are often about big clubs, bigger names and biggest money, about glamorous teams you can always watch on television because they do well in the Champions League.

This being, I quote, ‘The world’s site for the world game’, I sometimes wonder if many people out there in the world still care about the Bundesliga, whose new season will soon get underway.

If you don’t care (which is, I admit, kind of improbable, because why would you then read this?), if you’re bypassing the Bundesliga because you’re either prejudiced or simply prefer reading about the Ronaldinhos and Beckhams of this world… well, maybe you should reconsider. (more…)

Football In The Community

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

The BBC have an article today about the community initiatives across England at each of the Premier League clubs. There’s a link to the community page of each club’s website, and they make interesting reading – and there’s probably a few ideas there that we could borrow for ourselves!

At Raith Rovers I believe we manage to do an awful lot on limited resources – leading the Twilight Football initiative alongside Cowdenbeath FC, participation in Show Racism The Red Card, strengthening Adam Smith College’s course offering by involving them at the heart of Raith TV – but there’s always more we could do. Where community initiatives can really work at a club the size of ours is when they create win-win situations, so that there is a benefit to the community but also to the club. Raith TV is a fantastic example of this – the local student community get something they didn’t have before, and the club get access to leading edge facilities and a group of enthusiastic, talented and committed people who are already on the path to professional careers in the broadcast media.

Here’s the BBC article – what ideas would you like the club to “borrow” and put into practice up here?

BBC SPORT | Football | Premier League | Premier League’s community goals

Supporter ownership taken to the extreme…

Thursday, August 2nd, 2007

I’m not sure if the idea of “every major decision, on and off the pitch, being put to a members’ vote” is going to work in practice, but MyFootballClub will certainly raise the profile of supporter ownership if it is successful. My big worry (other than the possibility that this might be a scam) is what will happen if it is a damp squib – it could potentially discredit the hard work of everyone involved in other forms of supporter ownership like ourselves.

The best of luck to the people behind this, and to the 50,000 people who have committed to putting their hands in their pockets without knowing which club they’re going to end up owning!

BBC SPORT | Football | Fans close in on club takeover

Scots to use video to beat cheats

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

How’s this for the first major policy announcement of the SFA’s new Chief Executive’s reign? Gordon Smith’s indignation at gamesmanship as a pundit have been followed up with action now that he’s in the top job, if he continues in this vein the game in Scotland can only change for the better.

BBC SPORT | Football | Scots to use video to beat cheats

Trust Board Meeting, 30th July 2007

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Venue: Novar Bar, Kirkcaldy
Present: Alan Russell (AR), Graeme Condie (GC), John Mainland (JM), Tom Phillips (TP), Blair White (BW), George Howie (GW) and Tam Cunningham (TC)
Apologies: James Proctor (JP) and Mike Melville (MM) (more…)

Profile of the club’s most famous supporter

Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

Grey, gritty and pious – the town of big names that shaped a little boy called Brown – Times Online