Raith Rovers Football Club has recently been given an award from The Scottish Football Partnership (SFP) to assist with the completion of two projects at Stark’s Park which the club’s regular supporters will be unaware of – a new alarm system covering all ground floor areas and a new control board for the PA system.
The club’s Chairman, Turnbull Hutton is quoted as saying;
“The club were fortunate enough to have benefitted two years ago from a SFP grant which enabled us to meet the latest safety requirements in the Main Stand. At that time we installed new fire doors, smoke detectors, fire and security alarms covering the areas on the first floor. At the same time, the club received help in the purchase of walkie-talkies which reduced costs on matchday security.”
“It was our intention to bring the ground floor areas up to standard last year, but this had to be delayed as free cash was somewhat tight. This year, the project was costed up and we again applied for support from the SFP.”
“At the same time we included the cost of a new control board for our PA system. Supporters will be aware of the problems we experienced last season culminating in the club having to hire loudspeakers to cover off matchdays. We carried out significant remedial work on the system over the summer months but despite getting the system up and running, we could not get a maintenance contract with the supplier since the control board was of a vintage that no parts were available and a new board was required – at some significant cost.”
“This was coupled into a project with the alarm system (phase 2) and the club was again delighted to elicit the support of the SFP – who covered 75% of the project costs. Without this support we would not have been able to complete both projects at this time.”
“The Scottish Football Partnership work away quietly supporting clubs at all levels of the game. It is right that our supporters be made aware of the sterling work this body undertakes and the assistance Raith Rovers F.C. has received over the years. It is certainly much appreciated by the club’s Board of Directors.”
“More power to their elbow!”