Raith Supporters Trust pick up the tab for season ticket refunds Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust have stepped in to make sure that the club don’t lose out on recent season ticket refunds. Raith Rovers had offered all season ticket holders a refund due to not being able to finish the season, with a small number of supporters taking up the offer. The Raith Supporters Trust have offered to cover the cost of the refunds to make sure that the club didn’t lose out financially and the club have accepted.

Trust Chairman Alan Russell said “This is a difficult time for many supporters and offering fans a refund was the right thing to do. It was great to see club go even further and extend an offer to help fans who are struggling in any way they could. As a Supporters Trust we wanted to make sure that the club didn’t lose out financially, so we have made a donation to cover the cost of the refunds that were given. It has been great to see the fans come together the last few months and work to support the club. We are proud that Raith Rovers is a strong community club where the voice of fans is heard and valued.”

2020 Summer Update Print This Post

Despite the prolonged absence of Scottish football action there has been plenty to keep our attention – and we need to recognise and be thankful that Raith Rovers are weathering this storm in better shape than many clubs. That is no small part due to the efforts of the players and backroom team up until March 13th, keeping their noses in front of Falkirk, Airdrieonians, Montrose and East Fife. This secured promotion after three seasons in League One, and we wish those four teams the very best of fortune in next season’s campaign, whenever it begins. It was a genuine five horse race in 2019/20, with fantastic matches against each of those teams (and some really stern tests from those who finished further behind the top five). It does not feel right that these teams were not given the chance to fight for the second promotion place that would otherwise have been up for grabs.

Raith Rovers Football Club have also benefited from strong and decisive leadership within the boardroom – we were one of the first clubs in the country to launch a crowdfunding campaign, which brought in a massive amount of money. Rovers fan Ruaridh Kilgour’s company, Fanwave Digital, were the brains behind the innovative donateaticket.com fundraising platform which has raised over £150,000 for clubs across the country – including more than £15,000 donated by Rovers supporters. The Raith Rovers family have put their money where their mouth is and dug deep to help the club, and we are immensely proud of the way in which we have come together to ensure that our club survives and is in the best shape it can be by the time the Championship campaign begins.

As a Supporters Trust we have not wanted to distract from the clubs fundraising efforts so we helped to promote these through all of our social media channels. But we have still been busy and have been using this time to prepare for the future and are delighted to now have an online membership platform ready to launch, automating many of the more time-consuming tasks involved in running the Trust, and will be able to communicate directly with members more easily in the future. When the new season is finally upon us we will be encouraging every Rovers supporter to use this platform to sign up as a Trust member, with our focus shifting from share ownership to supporter engagement.

We will also be catching up with governance activities after lockdown, having postponed our AGM until face-to-face meetings are once again permitted. In the event that restrictions remain in place long-term we will move this process to an online platform, but our preference is to meet with you in person. We’ve missed you all!

Trust Board Meeting, 6th May 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR), Andy Simpson (AS) & Steve Wallace (SW)
Apologies: Graeme Condie (GC), Colin Flinn (CF)

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Trust Board Meeting, 17th March 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

Present: Graeme Baxter (GB), Graeme Condie (GC), Colin Flinn (CF), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR) & Andy Simpson (AS)
Apologies: Steve Wallace (SW)

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Trust Board Meeting, 12th October 2019 Print This Post

Venue: The Boathouse, Aberdour

Present: Colin Flinn, (CF), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR), Andy Simpson (AS) & Steve Wallace (SW)
Apologies:  Graeme Condie (GC), Graeme Baxter (GB)

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Trust Board Meeting, 17th September 2019 Print This Post

Venue: The Boathouse, Aberdour

Present: Graeme Condie (GC), Colin Flinn, (CF), Steven Lawther (SL), James Proctor (JP), Alan Russell (AR) & Andy Simpson (AS)
Apologies:  Steve Wallace (SW), Graeme Baxter (GB)

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Raith Supporters Trust Fan Survey Print This Post

We are looking for your opinions on Raith Rovers, from the match day experience, the catering, club shop through to how the club is run, the role of the Trust and future priorities for our club.  The views of fans are incredibly important and the more responses we receive, the more effective we can be in making sure that the views of supporters are heard and that the results help shape future decisions.

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete as most questions ask you to simply tick a box. There is also the opportunity to raise any issues you feel are important or need looked at by the club or the Trust. All responses are completely confidential. 

The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/RaithSupportersTrustFanSurvey

Please feel free to forward this link to any other Rovers supporting friends so that they can have their say too.

Many thanks for your support.

 

UPDATE: Survey Results

Overall the results are pretty positive for the club, with 88% of the 483 respondents believing the club is heading in the right direction. Recent initiatives (Raith TV, Roary Club. Supporters Fund in particular) have helped create a stronger sense of progress. Greater regularity and openness of communication from the club has also helped create a better sense of a club who cares about and listens to fans. This means the vast majority are broadly supportive of the club’s general direction of travel.

That said, there are a number of things the survey highlights which causes frustration:

  • The wider financial position of the club – a section of the support have concerns around long-term sustainability.
  • The current league position of the club. There is a sense that the club is stuck in the third tier. There is a belief that this is holding the club back.
  • The support is ageing. The profile of the support tends towards older people who have supported the club for a long time. There is a clear need for new supporters to be found to replace these long-term.
  • Atmosphere at matches. Most other aspects of the match day experience are ranked positively. This is one area that fans feel less positive about.
  • Some of the facilities on offer at Stark’s Park. Toilets, lack of an accessible bar/club for a pre-match drink, lack of standing, facilities for the disabled/elderly are all raised as concerns.
  • The range of things on offer in the club shop.
  • The cost of admission for children especially – this still acts as the main barrier to attending for some.

Raith Trust Quiz Night – Wednesday 23rd October Print This Post

The Raith Trust are delighted to announce the date for their 8th annual Quiz Night.

This will be held on Wednesday 23rd October in the Raith Suite at Stark’s Park, starting at 7pm.

This is the 8th year of this now annual event, as ever you will be quizzed over ten rounds of questions, with everything from general knowledge, Raith Rovers, the picture round and of course the infamous ‘Career Paths’ round – with a few other surprises thrown in.

The teams will be competing for the champions prize consisting of the much coveted Raith Trust Quiz Trophy and of course, everybody will be trying to avoid the booby prize of ‘The Jim Leishman Losers Award’.

The cost of this is £10 per head, and team must contain 4 people maximum – for this you get your entry, a pie buffet, crisps and a free drink at the bar.

For those with a keen eye on dates, you’ll notice that this date is almost exactly 25 years to the day since the famous Coca Cola cup semi final win against Airdrie, so we might have a surprise or two related to that…

There will, as ever, be a mix of weel kent faces from Starks Park and a mix of teams from supporters groups, players, directors, quiz enthusiasts and just those after a free pie or two! This event is always a sell out so if you want to reserve a place for your team and come along, please send an email to steven_wallace@btinternet.com to book your team, or visit the guys at the Raith Trust table in the South Stand before the Glenavon game on the 12th October.

Remembering Bill Powrie Print This Post

The Raith Supporters Trust were saddened to learn last year of the death of long-standing member Bill Powrie, who passed away following a prolonged illness. Bill had followed the Rovers for most of his life, and had been a member of the Trust since the Reclaim The Rovers campaign in 2005.

Bill started coming along to Starks Park in the early seventies with his friends from Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy High School. Bill was a junior season ticket holder in those early days and on more than one occasion he was lucky enough to get his ticket pulled out of the hat to win a trip on the team bus to away matches. George Farm’s team, in particular the scoring exploits of Joe Baker (34 goals in 49 appearances), cemented Bill’s affection for ‘all things Raith’ and he listed Joe, Bobby Reid, Roddy Georgeson, Malcolm Robertson, Gordon Wallace (mark 1) and Murray McDermott amongst his favourites. Even when Bill moved away from the Kirkcaldy area, he never wavered in his support of the club and would still make the effort to come back for games when he could.

In his estate, Bill kindly made a generous bequest to the Raith Supporters Trust. After consulting with Bill’s family, we decided to use Bill’s legacy to help grow the next generation of Raith Rovers supporters. Fans are the lifeblood of any football club, and with so many other things competing for their attention, it is often a challenge to attract younger fans through the turnstiles. Due to Bill’s generosity, the Raith Supporters Trust were able to subsidise the cost of more than 200 season tickets for young supporters this season, making it easier for them to support their local club. We were delighted to learn last week that almost all of the reduced priced tickets had been sold and we hope that the young supporters go on to develop the same affection for the club that Bill felt during his life.

We would like to express our sincere condolences again to Bill’s family and thank Bill for his generosity towards both the Raith Supporters Trust and Raith Rovers in his will.

Raith Supporters’ Fund Print This Post

Following a successful supporter consultation, Raith Rovers FC were pleased to launch the Raith Supporters’ Fund earlier this week (on Monday 1st July).

An initiative that has been in the planning stages for some time, this is being overseen by Rovers Director Ali More and is an opportunity for Rovers fans to be able to make a monthly contribution towards the first team playing budget and the funding of our young apprentices.

With a healthy uptake of interest already expressed by Rovers supporters in the new Fund since Monday, we have set an initial target of £10,000 per quarter which will be a huge assistance to our club.

The Raith Supporters’ Fund replaces the previous Player Development Fund. Existing contributors to this do not need to resubscribe – their contributions are most welcome and will continue seamlessly into the new arrangements.