Team Pd GD Pt
1 Hibernian 21 25 45
2 Dundee Utd 21 10 39
3 Morton 20 9 34
4 Falkirk 21 6 31
5 Queen of the Sth 22 -3 28
6 Dunfermline 21 -3 25
7 Raith Rovers 20 -3 25
8 Dumbarton 22 -10 21
9 Ayr Utd 21 -12 20
10 St Mirren 21 -19 13
Updated: 21st Jan

‘Football needs to attract youth and those players need the best possible coaching – a great initiative for the game and the Rovers.’
IAN RANKIN, Novelist
‘We are all supporting the new generation of Raith Rovers!’
RRFC Board
‘The 200 Club is happy to invest £5,000 in this new initiative which will provide future talent for Raith Rovers.’
ANDY MILL, Chairman of The 200 Club
‘I endorse this initiative because I want Raith Rovers to attract and give playing opportunities to Fife’s best youngsters.’ GORDON BROWN, former Prime Minister
‘This is an excellent opportunity to help Gary Locke and the coaching team deliver the future stars for Raith Rovers. As we say every Saturday – let’s get right behind the Rovers.’
STEVEN GRAHAM, Area Sales Manager for Honda

To compete and improve in the modern football world, Raith Rovers need a steady flow of young talented players emerging from a new development squad.

We can’t afford to buy players. We will continue to use the free transfer market but over-dependence on it is fraught with difficulties. In recent seasons we have brought through the likes of Lewis Vaughan, Ross Callachan, David Bates and Ross Matthews – but we need many more home-grown players like them if we are to see continued success at Stark’s Park for years to come. We need to provide our management team with players they’ve seen develop, whose potential is clear and who buy into Raith Rovers.

The Fife Elite Football Academy (FEFA), which involves all four of Fife’s senior football clubs, has done well to establish the framework for improving the quality of selected, elite young players locally. But the Club believes that in order to reap future benefits we also need to create a better pathway from FEFA to our first team squad that supports a crucial period in a young footballer’s development – between the under 17s and the 1st team squad. The establishment of a Player Development Squad with a dedicated coach will achieve this.

Doing this will cost at least £110,000 per year which is £60,000 more than our current budget. With fans regularly asking how they can help contribute to the long-term success of the Club, this was seen as an ideal opportunity for supporters far and wide to put money into the club and see the rewards for years to come on the pitch. Our new Player Development Fund will raise a continuous stream of funding through monthly standing orders, corporate sponsorship and other activities.

The money raised will only be spent on the Player Development Squad – nothing else.

Everyone who contributes regularly will benefit from:

  • A regular newsletter outlining progress
  • Free admission to all development squad fixtures
  • A regular prize draw
  • Opportunities to meet the coach and the players
  • Other ideas being considered by a Steering Group nominated by representatives of supporter groups

For this initiative to work we need the help of supporters like you. So please consider setting up a monthly standing order – we suggest a contribution of £10 per month, but any amount will help.

There are three ways to set up your regular contribution.

1. Use our Standing Order Generator

Just put in your details here, and you’ll get a Standing Order ready to print off, sign and send to us: Click Here to create a Standing Order

2. Use your online banking

Log in to your own online banking, and set up a Standing Order. You’ll need the following details:

  • Bank Account:40482631
  • Sort Code:82-66-01
  • Reference: Your own name

Please drop an email to pdf@raithrovers.net with your name (along with the reference you gave the bank, if different) so that we can register you as a regular contributor.

3. Print off a Standing Order Form (or collect one)

If you can’t use the generator above, you can print off a blank form here, fill it out and return to Stark’s Park. Standing Order forms will also be available at Stark’s Park if you don’t have a printer.

Video: The New RRFC Youth Setup

Further Information

Each of the Raith Rovers supporter groups has nominated one of their members to participate on a steering group chaired by Dave Wann, a Director of Raith Rovers. This group will steer the administration of the Player Development Fund. They will also develop the recognition and benefits package for contributors and monitor the progress of the fund and the Player Development Squad.

It is recognised that the Player Development Squad is unlikely to have a full complement of players in its first year as it will require two year groups to achieve this. The first year is therefore a transitional period even though the main structure of the squad should be in place for June 2016. Throughout the first year we will continue to promote contributions to the fund, including commercial sponsorship and legacy giving. (If anyone wants to consider leaving a gift to the Player Development Fund in their will, please contact Dave Wann at davwann@postmaster.co.uk for more information.)