A NEW Members Club is being set up at Stark’s Park to generate new investment - and give more fans a direct stake in their own team.
Shares are now available in New Raith Rovers Limited - the company created out of the ‘Reclaim The Rovers’ campaign six years ago - and, for the first time in decades, the main trading company, Raith Rovers Football Club.
Three tiers of investment have been created to try to cater for all fans, while the door is also open to businesses to invest.
The move follows an increase in the authorised share capital of the club some months ago.
Dave Wann, director, explained: ‘‘It gives people a chance to have a stake in their club and is aimed at companies as well as indidivuals.
‘‘Many people have an affinity to the club and its history, but, for whatever reason, may not be able to attend every home game so this is a new way of allowing them to have a stake in the club.’’
The club has unveiled a range of benefits to fans willing to invest.
At Platinum Level - which has an initial investment of £500 into New Raith Rovers Limited - they can get hospitality, season ticket discounts, exclusive invites to meet the manager and players, at which the club will have Gordon Brown MP and other high profile supporters in attendance.
It also plans to unveil more benefits in 2012.
At Gold Level, the club has made new shares available in the main trading company, Raith Rovers Football Club Limited ‘’for the first time in a generation.’’
Benefits include season ticket discounts, meet and greet invites and discount in the club shop.
And a new Silver Level has been launched to target younger fans.
For a £50 fee they get a framed ceetificate, invite to junior member only events with the manager and players, and a free item from the club shop.
Added Mr Wann: ‘‘It may be a donation, but by buying a stake you are helping to put the building blocks more solidly in place.
‘‘The original idea came from a fan who wanted to see a members’ club created, and we have worked on it and converted it to include the chance to become a stakeholder in the club.
‘‘And what it will do is help to make ordinary supporters just that little bit more powerful within the club. If there are times of major changes, for example they would have a greater say.’’
Application forms can be downloaded from the club website - while the door has also been opened to businesses, or individuals, interested in making a larger investment.
For application forms visit www.raithroversfc.com