Team Pd GD Pt
1 Ayr Utd 17 30 41
2 Raith Rovers 15 20 33
3 Alloa Athletic 16 4 24
4 Stranraer 15 3 24
5 Arbroath 15 9 23
6 East Fife 17 -6 22
7 Airdrieonians 17 -10 20
8 Albion Rovers 14 -3 16
9 Forfar Athletic 17 -23 12
10 Queen's Park 17 -24 12
Updated: 16th Dec

‘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 Barry Smith, Craig Easton 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.

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. It makes much more sense to grow these players within the club. In recent seasons we have seen the development of players such as 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.

For these reasons, in 2016 we established a Player Development Squad with a dedicated coach: Craig Easton.

Over the past year, Craig has recruited and developed this new squad – and the results have been superb. Not only have many of the players gone on to feature alongside the first team, the development squad has had success in its own right – winning the 2016/17 SPFL Development League East.

However, the cost of running this new setup is high. We estimate the cost is at least £110,000 per year – which is £60,000 more than our current budget allows. 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 Player Development Fund is there to support the squad by raising a continuous stream of funding through monthly standing orders, corporate sponsorship and other activities.

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

Everyone who contributes regularly benefits 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

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.