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Ticket Prices for 2021/22 Season – good news for fans of the future!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021

The Raith Supporters Trust welcome the recent announcement of Raith Rovers season ticket prices, which includes significantly reduced pricing for younger fans.

Trust Chair Alan Russell, speaking after the announcement of the coming season’s prices stated:

“Affordable pricing for young supporters is something we have been actively campaigning on for the last three or four seasons. We are delighted that the club has listened to the views of fans and set season ticket prices for Under 16s at a realistic, affordable level. Our research has consistently shown that the cost of bringing children along to Stark’s Park can act as a barrier to attendance and at one stage our under 16 season ticket prices were the most expensive in Scotland outside the Old Firm. That is why we are delighted at the £10 offer for young fans renewing and the club taking on board our suggestion of a discounted rate for those of primary school age.

“This is a definite win for families and younger supporters. We have seen fantastic developments in the match day experience for younger fans in recent years including the introduction of the Roary Club, which we are proud to have supported since it was first established. Affordable pricing for younger fans is the next step in developing the fans of the future and securing a strong Raith Rovers going forward.

“We were also pleased that the club invited us to help shape their pricing strategy, and while we believe that all tickets should be affordable, with prices increases kept to a minimum for all fans, we stressed four principles in our dialogue with the club:

  1. Pricing is an opportunity to grow the fan-base of the future – the more young fans attend regularly, the more adult fans we’ll have in the future.
  2. The number of fans we have now is not enough – we need to price RRFC in such a way that it attracts large numbers of new fans.
  3. Price increases should be focussed on those who can afford it most – and if a supporter stops attending temporarily for financial reasons, there’s no guarantee they’ll ever come back regularly.
  4. It’s great to reward fans for their loyalty, but most of them will be loyal regardless – giving them something extra may be a more meaningful way of saying thank you than giving them a discount.

“We hope that fans renew in large numbers, and that we also see many new faces at Starks Park when we return this season.”

RRFC Supporters’ Director Election: Update

Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

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

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

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.

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

Monday, August 10th, 2020

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.

Raith Supporters Trust pick up the tab for season ticket refunds

Friday, June 26th, 2020

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.”

Raith Supporters Trust Fan Survey

Thursday, November 14th, 2019

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 Supporters’ Fund

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

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.

2018/19 “Player of the Year” Awards Ceremony

Friday, March 29th, 2019

We are pleased to have secured a number of places at this year’s “Player of the Year” awards ceremony, to be held at the Dean Park Hotel in Kirkcaldy on Saturday 27th April, following our final home game against Brechin City. The event will kick off at 7.30pm.

The new format player of the year awards have been a sell out for the last 3 years, so ticket allocations have been given to all of the supporters groups to ensure a fair chance of attending for all. These have all been terrific events, and while our chances of securing the title look extremely slim, we hope to at least send the team into the play-offs in great form and with memories of a great evening behind them.

Tickets are £30 each, and are strictly limited, so our allocation will be offered to Trust members on a first come, first served basis. Contact us at chairman@raithtrust.org.uk to secure your place!

WANTED: Supporter Liaison Officer for RRFC

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

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. (more…)

Season Ticket Push!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

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!