Raith Rovers Community Foundation is delighted to announce that Paul Greig has been appointed as the new Development Manager.
Judy Hamiton, Chair of Raith Rovers Community Foundation, said “Paul is the perfect fit for the role; he has extensive experience in sport and community development from an international perspective, as well as working nearer to home in Midlothian. He is a die-hard Rovers fan and passionate about developing our community links, right here in his home territory. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am delighted to welcome Paul to the Raith Rovers family”.
Rovers Review spoke to Paul:
Congratulations, tell us a bit about yourself
I am from Kirkcaldy, grew up originally in Templehall, then moved to Chapel when I was 12. I went to Balwearie High School and since 16years of age, I have been working full time in football around the world. I am a keen golfer and I recently bought my first home with my partner Nichola.
What’s your top priority in the new job?
To create a community programme that our community is proud of and that is innovative, creative and forward thinking. Our fans and our local communities should be at the heart of everything we do. We have a fantastic facility in Stark’s Park and we should be utilising that as much as possible.
You’ve spent 5 years in New Zealand – what took you there?
A good friend of mine, Gordon Forrest (former Rovers player and current Dundee Utd Assistant Head Coach) had just accepted a post in NZ and he said would I be interested in a post over there also. I had interviews with the governing body and I was impressed with the plans and infrastructure for the game, so I agreed a package and over I went. I started out in Wellington for 3 years before taking up another opportunity in Auckland for my final 2 years.
What would you like the Community Foundation to look like in a year’s time?
If all goes to plan it will be the heartbeat of our community and club. Our programmes will be holistic and innovative and we will create a real family vibe to everything we do. Working in partnerships with local businesses, organisations and community groups will be key as well as the Scottish FA and Fife Council. Stark’s Park will be a hive of activity 7 days a week and everyone in our community will know about Raith Rovers Community Foundation and the fantastic opportunities it offers.
Promotion aside, what’s the biggest challenge facing Raith Rovers?
I believe our biggest challenge off the pitch is our community engagement. Currently, our footprint in the local community is very small and not all our fans know about the Foundation. Please keep your eyes peeled to social media as we aim to grow this footprint and quality of provision over the coming months.