Raith score off the park in family day

Some of the youngsters involved in the Roary Club family day with the Kingdom Kid mascot and Kingdom FM's Keith Crombie. Pic: Tony Fimister
Some of the youngsters involved in the Roary Club family day with the Kingdom Kid mascot and Kingdom FM's Keith Crombie. Pic: Tony Fimister
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Raith Rovers may not have managed to win on Saturday but they did score one major success off the field against Alloa.

The club’s first ever Roary Club Family Day was a major success with around 200 people enjoying the pre-match activities.

The McDermid Stand, which is usually reserved for visiting fans, was turned into a dedicated family zone where children could take part in a range of different activities including shooting skills, face painting, dressing up in strips from the past, an art station and splat the rat.

Special guests on the day included Kingdom FM, Frankie and Benny’s and Fife Leisure who all brought along their mascots for a special mascot race before kick-off.

There was no chance that host for the day Roary Rover was extending his generosity for that particular challenge as he put in an impressive performance to beat his rivals and race home in first place.

Eric Drysdale, Rovers’ chief executive was delighted with the response.

“We were really pleased with how the day went,” he stated. “There was a great atmosphere in the McDermid Stand and it was wonderful to see so many younger fans enjoying the activities on offer.

“I was particularly encouraged by the number of families who were bringing their children along to their first game of the season.

“The club recognises that young people are the fans of the future and that is why we wanted to have a special day for Roary Club members and their families. It is definitely something we will repeat in the future.”

The Roary Club, which was established in the summer and is for primary age children, has proved popular with over 320 members signing up in the first four months.

As well as receiving invites to special events like the Family Day and behind the scenes tours of the stadium, members can collect loyalty stamps at home games to win Rovers themed rewards.

“We have been really encouraged by the success of the club,” says Drysdale. “It has really caught the imagination of younger fans and it is great to see so many people collecting reward stamps on a Saturday.”

Roary Club members will be given the chance this week to grab a place as a Rover’s mascot at the club’s upcoming match against Hearts at Tynecastle.

The fixture was scheduled for the day before Remembrance Sunday at the club’s request, to recognise the sacrifice that players of both Hearts and Raith Rovers made in McCrae’s Battalion during the First World War, so it will be a unique opportunity for young fans to play their part in what is sure to be a memorable occassion.