WANTED: Supporter Liaison Officer for RRFC Print This Post

In 2012, UEFA introduced a requirement for all clubs competing in their competitions to appoint a Supporter Liaison Officer (SLO) to act as their key contact point for supporters, and in 2017 this also became a Scottish FA requirement for clubs seeking to obtain a “silver” or “gold” licence. Club licensing sets out standards and procedures by which clubs will be assessed as a basis for continuous improvement of many aspects of football – ground safety, pitch size and surface type, floodlight quality, facilities for supporters, provision for disabled supporters, media facilities, first aid and medical provision, coaching standards, ground tenure, financial management processes, and so on – the list is almost endless! Raith Rovers currently hold a “bronze” licence, and aspire to hold “silver” or even higher – at present, only three Scottish clubs (Celtic, Hibs and St Mirren) hold the highest level of licence.

The SFA support the development of this role through their partnership with Supporters Direct Scotland, who provide training to SLOs, access to best practice from around Europe, and host networking and development events for the SLOs throughout Scotland.

What does an SLO do?

The overarching theme in the work of SLOs is communication. The SLO should be available as the main point of contact at the club for supporters, managing the dialogue between the fans and the club. A lot of this work is done on matchdays – liaising and building relationships with the various supporter groups, supporter liaison officers from visiting clubs, the football association, the league association, the police, etc. Having someone visible and accessible to supporters, at home and on away trips, can help to improve the atmosphere in the stadium and also de-escalate any potentially problematic incidents. In Sweden, where the SLO role has been established for several years, they have seen a 20% decrease in violent disorder and an 11% increase in attendances in recent years and attribute these improvements to the work done by the SLOs.

SLOs and Supporter Representatives

In Scotland, 25 of our 42 senior clubs have an SLO (in some cases with more than one person sharing the role) with a further 4 clubs, including Raith Rovers, actively seeking to appoint one in the coming months. By the end of 2018 most clubs in the top two divisions and half of the clubs in each of League One and League Two are likely to have an SLO. Around a third of these clubs also, like Raith Rovers, have an elected supporter representative on their board of directors – a common misconception is that these two roles are the same, or that having one diminishes the effectiveness of the other. In fact, the opposite is true as these two people will work closely together – having someone in the stand or on the terraces on matchdays can allow the supporter in the boardroom to concentrate on developing strong relationships with colleagues at their own club and with visiting directors, while also having a better understanding of the issues and concerns of every other supporter in the stadium.

Get involved – you could be our SLO!

Like many roles at clubs like ours, the SLO network in Scotland relies heavily on volunteers. It is a demanding role, but an incredibly rewarding one. SLOs at other clubs find that they forge a closer bond with their club, and make lasting friendships as a result of their interaction with fellow supporters, football club staff, visiting supporters – and even the guys and girls in yellow jackets at the edge of the pitch!

If you would like to know more about SLOs, or would like to be considered for the role of SLO at Raith Rovers, contact chairman@raithtrust.org.uk

(Photos of SLOs in action at Hammarby, Sweden, are copyright of Supporters Direct Europe)

2018/19 Membership Renewals Print This Post

Raith Supporters Trust members will receive membership renewal invitations this week. Members paying by standing order do not need to take any action, other than letting us know if any of their contact details have changed. If you have not received a letter or email from us by the beginning of next week please get in touch with us via membership@raithtrust.org.uk

We have kept the membership fee at the same level since 2007, so if possible we would encourage you to consider adding a monthly donation to your membership. Many members already do so and this extra income allows us to do increase our investment and funding in the Football Club. To do this simply contact your bank to amend your Standing Order, or click here to make a one-off payment.

Season Ticket Push! Print This Post

We hear from the club that season ticket sales have been very encouraging so far, but that the total sold is still down on last season. With pre-season friendlies starting tonight the new season is almost upon us, so time is running out to purchase your ticket for the coming season.

Every pound that the club brings in over the summer helps us put the best possible team on the park. If you’ve been meaning to renew but haven’t done so yet, please get in touch with the club!

Andy Mill is the new RRFC Supporter-Director Print This Post

Voting for the position of Supporter-Director closed at 10pm on Friday 1st June 2018, and the results have been counted and verified.

ELECTION RESULT

The election was contested by four candidates, and carried out using the Single Transferable Vote method where one candidate is eliminated in each round, and their votes distributed to other candidates on the basis of voters’ second, third and fourth preferences.

David Proudfoot was eliminated after the first round, and Paul Gilfillan was eliminated in the second round. The results of the third round of voting were as follows:

  • Andy Mill – 203 votes
  • Bill Gilby – 160 votes

Andy Mill is therefore elected, with 55.9% of the votes in the final round of voting. He will therefore be appointed to the board of New Raith Rovers Ltd and (with the consent of the directors) Raith Rovers Football Club Ltd & Raith Rovers FC Holdings Ltd.

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RRFC Supporter-Director: Election Open Print This Post

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

The Candidates

There have been four nominations submitted to serve in this role, they are (in alphabetical order):

  • Bill Gilby
  • Paul Gilfillan
  • Andy Mill
  • David Proudfoot

Further info on the candidates can be viewed below.

The Role

The successful candidate will be appointed to the board of New Raith Rovers Ltd and (with the consent of the directors) Raith Rovers Football Club Ltd & Raith Rovers FC Holdings Ltd. 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 1st June 2018.

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 Supporters Trust) OR an adult Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder.

The election will be by Single Transferable Vote where each candidate is ranked from 1 to 4. This will allow people to express their full preference of the candidates. Voters will be able to cast their vote online; emailed instructions on how to do this will be sent out to all eligible individuals in the next 48 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 3-5 working days.

Hustings Event

There will be an election hustings event on the evening of Monday 28th May, at 7.30pm in the Raith Suite at Starks Park, where voters will get a chance to hear the candidates speak, as well as an opportunity to put any question to the candidates.

 

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Nominations Sought For Raith Rovers’ Next Supporter-Director Print This Post

The nomination process for the Supporter-Director role at Raith Rovers FC is now open.

The current Supporter-Director’s term of office has come to an end, Gordon Adamson is not standing for re-election but will stay in the role until a successor is appointed.

Nominations are sought from 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 Supporters Trust) OR a Raith Rovers FC season ticket holder.

Details on the duties and responsibilities of the role can be obtained by emailing:

secretary@raithtrust.org.uk

Nominations, seconded by two members of Raith Forum organisations (Jim McMillan Club, 200 Club, Supporters Club, Rovers Down South and Raith Supporters Trust) or by two Raith Rovers FC season ticket holders, should be received no later than Friday 11th May 2018.

In the event of more than one nomination being received an election will take place between Monday 14th May and Friday 1st June 2018.

Bid Now To Win Jason Dair’s Club Blazer! Print This Post

Cup-winning club legend Jason Dair has made an incredible contribution to the Raith Supporters Trust’s Burns Night, which will be held this Saturday night at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy. He has donated his club blazer and tie, which was worn to the big games in his time with the club, including the Coca Cola Cup triumph and the UEFA Cup campaign which followed it.

This is a really special item for which we are immensely grateful to Jason. The blazer and tie will be auctioned off at the night, but we would also like to make it possible for those who cannot make it in person to bid.

Bids should be sent to chairman@raithtrust.org.uk by 7pm on Saturday night, the winning bid will be revealed then and will be subject to other bids from the room on the night.

Tickets are still available for the Burns Night at raithburns.brownpapertickets.com for £25 per person – Trust members can receive a £5 discount by using the offer code RABBIEMUNRO.

 

Raith Trust Goes Contactless Print This Post

The Raith Trust are making it even easier for fans to buy tickets for the upcoming Burns Night. Fans attending the home game against Ayr on Saturday can now make card payments at the trust table. The new facility takes all major credit and debit cards such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express as well as contactless payments including Apple Pay or Android Pay. As well as the Burns Night tickets, you can also use the facility to pay membership fees or donations making it easier than ever to support the trust.

Burns Night 2018 Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust are delighted to announce their next event, the 4th Annual Raith Trust Burns Night!

The Burns Night will be held at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 27th January 2018.

The evening will consist of a 2 course Burns Supper, Piping in the Haggis, Address to the Haggis, interviews with some weel kent faces, music, poetry, readings, and of course the big Burns Night raffle and auction. Special guests will be announced shortly and there will be a few surprises on the night. Anyone that has been to the Burns Night events in the last few years will testify that this is a great night out – fun, football and culture all combined!

If you’d like to come along and perform  a reading, sing a song or anything else, come and see us at the Trust Table on match days or email us at events@raithtrust.org.uk and we’ll get you on the bill – we’re always looking for volunteers to stand up and perform a turn!

Tickets for this event are available to buy from the following sources:

For any queries, please contact events@raithtrust.org.uk

Tickets are priced as follows:

  • £25 per person
  • Discounted rate of £20 per person for Raith Trust members
  • £200 for a full table of ten

This is of course, also the ideal Christmas present for the Rovers in your life….

Aidan Sutherland Memorial Match Print This Post

On Sunday 22nd October, a memorial match will be played at Starks Park in aid of Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation. The match will be in memory of Aidan Sutherland, the young Raith Rovers fan who tragically died recently.

Kick-off is at 1pm, with entry costing £5 (under 14s can enter free of charge), and will be contested by Kirkcaldy YM and Steadings AFC. There will also be guest appearances from some well-known faces…

For tickets call 07539 729304 or 0800 612 2711, or email as5memorial@gmail.com

Please come along and enjoy the match, support a great cause, and remember Aidan.