RRFC Supporters’ Director Election: Update Print This Post

The nomination process closed last week, and one nomination was received which met all of the eligibility criteria, so there will be no election. Andy Mill is duly confirmed as our Supporters’ Director for the next three years, continuing in the role he has held since 2018.

Thank you, Andy, for your continuing commitment to the Rovers.

Nominations sought for the role of Supporters’ Director at Raith Rovers Print This Post

The nomination process for the Supporters’ Director role at Raith Rovers FC is now open.

Andy Mill’s term of office in the role comes to an end this summer, and nominations are therefore sought from Rovers supporters interested in fulfilling the role, by completing a nomination form and returning it by post or email to secretary@raithtrust.org.uk.

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 here.

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 7th May 2021.

In the event of more than one nomination being received an election will take place between Monday 10th May and Friday 28th May 2021.

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The election will be administered by Raith Supporters Trust, on behalf of all supporters. For this purpose, names and email addresses (but no other personal data) will be shared by other supporters groups with the Trust, and deleted after the election is complete. If you do not wish to be included in the election process, please let the group you are part of know and they will remove your name from the voters list.

A new look for the Roary Club Print This Post

During the pandemic an incredible amount of work has been done by the club – to create a safe working environment for the players and management team, and for opposition teams when they come to Starks Park, but also to improve the facilities for supporters when we are eventually able to return. We’ve also used this time to improve the areas of the South Stand concourse that we use on matchdays, and can’t wait to see you there again.

Over the years, with the amazing development of the Roary Club, we have outgrown our traditional space in the centre of the concourse. So we have decided to put the future supporters of the club at the heart of the home stand, and have created a dedicated space for the Roary Club in the central alcove where you are used to seeing the Trust committee. We commissioned an artist, Paco Graff, to create a unique piece of artwork that we’re sure the Roary Club members will love – a life size mural of Roary! When members come to get their membership card stamped each Saturday they’ll also be able to get a selfie with Roary, without getting in the way of the old guys!

The club have kindly allowed the Trust to take over the next alcove, beside the pie stand nearest the main stand. As soon as lockdown restrictions are lifted Paco Graff will be back to work on the next phase of this project – we can’t say too much about this just now, but we hope it will create as much of a buzz as the Roary mural does… we’ll share more about this part of the project as soon as we can!

As Jock Stein famously said, football without fans is nothing. The club have missed us over the last year, and we have missed all of you. But we have not stood still during this absence, and neither have the club. When we eventually return it will be one of the biggest days in our 138 year history, and we’re delighted to see how much work is being done to make our home a place we can continue to be proud of, and the place we spend some of our happiest hours.

Trust Board Meeting, 15th December 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

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

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Trust Board Meeting, 3rd November 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) & Steve Wallace (SW)
Apologies: None

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Raith Supporters Trust AGM – 24th November 2020 Print This Post

All Trust members have been sent formal notification of our forthcoming AGM at 7pm on Tuesday 24 November. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the meeting will take place online using Zoom.

If you are able to attend please email secretary@raithtrust.org.uk and you will be sent the link for the meeting.

At 7.30pm we will be joined by Stadium Manager, Scott Boyd, for a Q&A session about stadium changes at Stark’s Park and plans for the return of fans when that becomes possible.

If you are unable to make the AGM but would like to send a proxy, either allowing someone else to vote or to give your vote to the Chairperson, please get in touch. If you are interested in joining the board please also get in touch.

We look forward to welcoming you on the 24th.

Please also download our Winter 2020 newsletter with an overview of recent news from the Trust.

Trust Board Meeting, 6th October 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

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

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Trust Board Meeting, 8th September 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

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

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Trust Board Meeting, 4th August 2020 Print This Post

Venue: Online

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

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Season Ticket Pricing – We Believe There’s A Better Way Print This Post

When the club’s season ticket pricing was announced recently, we were pleased to see that the price of each level of ticket has been reduced from last season. Ticket sales have got off to a brisk start, which speaks volumes for our fans’ willingness to support their club despite the uncertainty about when we will actually be allowed back into stadiums. This generosity and commitment to helping the club has been consistent throughout the COVID-19 lockdown.

We are, however, one of just a few clubs who offer a single price for all age groups of junior supporters, and Starks Park is regrettably the most expensive ground in our division for primary school age children. We have campaigned for prices to be reduced (particularly for our youngest fans) for several years, and have supported the establishment and development of the Roary Club in order to improve the matchday experience for these young fans. We have done this for two reasons – because this is the age when kids pick “their club”, and also because we lose adult supporters when they become parents if it is difficult or expensive to bring their kids with them.

The club have made massive progress in creating a better atmosphere and experience for kids, but at £65 (£55 for renewals) we are unfortunately still one of the most expensive clubs in Scotland for this age group, and last season we were the third most expensive in the country (only the Old Firm were more expensive). The Raith Supporters Trust were able to offer a subsidy which brought the club’s pricing more in line with our League One rivals, but this was only due to us being in the fortunate position of having received a legacy in a former member’s will. In this season’s Championship, the only two other clubs to have a single price for all school age children are Alloa (£40) and Queen of the South (£14); of the other five who have announced their pricing so far, four charge less than £20 for primary school age fans, with only Hearts close to our pricing at £50.

Earlier this summer we made a proposal to the club to introduce differentiated pricing for under 5s, under 12s and under 17s, and hoped that the club would see the value in encouraging young fans and their parents to make a visit to Starks Park a regular part of their lives. We believe that in not doing so, the club has missed an opportunity to continue growing the fanbase of the future. The Trust will continue to campaign for reduced prices for primary school age fans.