The Open Day at Stark’s Park on Sunday 1st September was enjoyed by many families covering several generations. The cool autumn wind did not dampen the spirits with lots of coffees and ice creams being sold from Mario’s van in equal quantities.

The players, the management team and the backroom boys turned out in big numbers and after their training session they mingled with the crowd , giving autographs and photo opportunities, joining in with dancers from NRJ Dance Studio by strutting their stuff with some fancy footwork, and generally sharing their experiences at Raith Rovers.

The cold made Ally Gourlay’s tour of behind the scenes particularly attractive, with Neil Langtree guarding the ‘valuables’ in the Boardroom sporting his ubiquitous shorts – a scary sight!

The Supporters Club were out in force with Eddy Doig running the shop, Ian Stewart doing the penalty skills test and Gordon Adamson performing MC duties and roaming around with his mike interviewing anyone that moved.

Throughout the event Wendy Logan, our face-painter, worked non-stop to produce many little superheroes and monsters! Make Your Move’s smoothie bike provided exercise and refreshments at the same time. The Raith Trust and the Fife Leisure Trust displayed their wares and helped out. Ravenscraig Walled Garden showed off their produce – it was so attractive that I was coerced into providing a box of fresh veg for the girls in the office – they must want to catch up on their 5-a-day. Andy Mill had the 200 Club open for refreshments and a place to warm up. The mini golf proved a bit too difficult for plastic balls in the strong wind, but nevertheless Tom Morgan was able to raise a few laughs.

As Craig Surgeon was locking up I overheard a couple of conversations about children being promised their first visit to Stark’s Park in the near future to see a real football match – here’s hoping.

On behalf of the Board many thanks to everyone who helped make the day a success.

Other Community Matters

This is an opportunity to give a quick update on the Club’s developments at the Michael Woods Sport and Leisure Centre at Glenrothes. The Centre is providing excellent new training facilities for our players.

The management and players are very keen to engage with local schools by holding training sessions for pupils. This has been agreed in principle with the Centre, and the focus is now on opening up this opportunity for secondary schools in Fife and working with the Council to resolve logistical issues such as transportation. The project should be particularly attractive to secondary schools in the Glenrothes and Kirkcaldy area. Once secondary schools are on board we can see how the model might be rolled out to cover primary schools as well. The Board thinks this project offers many benefits : for the community through youngsters participating in sport and being encouraged to have healthy lifestyles; for Fife Council through encouraging good use of their facilities; and for Raith Rovers through promoting football and the Club to the next generation. The Board therefore feels it is worth investing the effort to get this project off the ground.

Lastly, the Board is aware of some comments about lack of support from the Club at the recent Rock the Rovers event. I should reiterate the Board’s policy when it receives a reasonable request for assistance or player attendance at fundraising and community events is to do what it can to help provided there is adequate advance notice and it does not interfere with training or a match. As regards the recent RtR, the simple fact is that the Board did not receive a request and therefore assumed that other arrangements were being made on this occasion. Let’s not make a meal of this.

David Wann

Supporter’s Director

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