Fog Lifts to Reveal £1500 Barrier Broken

wpid-img_20140521_224439.jpgYou may remember our article a few years back about Killie fan and big Trust supporter Stevie Miller (aka Fog) when he bannered up his hot snack emporium with our logos and Twitter handle. Since then he has moved pitch from his long term home out the Queens Drive in Kilmarnock to Annandale Industrial Estate (between Crosshouse Hospital and the Cotton Mill/Premier Inn) but the change of environment hasn’t halted the donations to the Trust rolling in from his trusty Trust tin!

A ring of THAT bell means that one of his loyal customers has dug deep in their pockets and popped their change or more into his collection tin in aid of our community ownership drive for Kilmarnock FC.

The bell has been rung out plenty just recently as Fog has cemented his place at the top of the “leader board” with a whopping £1500 raised in total over the years. With no sign of stopping we should add.

Money raised is to help with the long term goal to make the club 50% + 1 owned by the supporters. Some of the money raised is utilised too for various community schemes which we the Trust initiate.

wpid-img_20140518_123405.jpgChairman, Barry Richmond stated “Stevie has been a long term supporter of our aims and is a Killie fan through and through. I would like to take this opportunity to thank not only him, but all the other local businesses that have our collection tins in their premises and to their many, many customers who donate willingly.”

Collection tins can be found in the following locations….Rainbow Ink, Grange Filling Station, Varani’s Forum Cafè, McLelland Stores, Portmann Hotel, Ralph’s Newsagents, The Chip Bank, Howard Arms, Burns Inn, Kay Park Tavern, Brass and Granite, Bakery Bites, Yum Yums, The Garage, Shah’s Curry House and Fauld’s the Butchers.

If any other business would like to contribute to allow collection tins on their premises please contact the Trust by email on or via mobile on 07748252455.

Statement on Behalf of Ayrshire Businesses

Statement from John Gall (MD of Brownings the Bakers), on behalf of Ayrshire businesses regarding KFC:-

BrowningsLogo2TRANSTonight a group of like-minded business people from Kilmarnock met to discuss their concerns about the current state of affairs at Kilmarnock Football Club.

The local businesses represented were Braehead Foods, Brownings the Bakers, The Coffee Press, Costley & Costley Hoteliers, Fortress Security & Alarms, Hamilton Tarmac, The Klin Group, Microtech Support, Modway and the QTS Group.

The group has unanimously agreed that the only way they can continue to fully support the Club is if there is a change in regime.

A spokesperson has been appointed to request a meeting with Michael Johnston to clarify his position and discuss the way forward in the best interest of Kilmarnock Football Club.

John Gall
Managing Director
Browning’s the Bakers
Block 1
Bonnyton Ind Estate

The Killie Trust 10th Anniversary Charity Ball


The Killie Trust (Kilmarnock Supports Society Ltd) would like to invite you to our 10th Anniversary Ball to be held at the Fenwick Hotel on Saturday 7th September, 2013. The night will be a black tie event so it is an opportunity to get your fineries on and celebrate some great moments for the club, the community and the Trust over the past decade.

The Trust was constituted in May 2003 with 8 clear objectives and a mission statement “to promote, develop and support Kilmarnock Football Club and the game of …football within the community.” Since then, we have have strived to achieve these objectives with the support of our members and the ball aims to celebrate many of the achievements, while raising funds for two great charities.

To mark the occasion, all profits garnered from this event will be split between two very worthy causes – The Ayrshire Hospice and the Rett Syndrome Research Trust UK. Both of these charities have touched many people in our local community and we wanted to give something back to both of them in recognition for the fantastic work that they continue to do.

Tickets for the ball (£30 each), which includes fine dining and dancing, can be purchased via Trust Board Members, at the Killie Trust Desk on match days or online using Eventbrite. The Board of the Killie Trust would like to thank our members and Killie fans the world over for your on-going support of our initiatives involving the club and the community and we hope to see as many of you as possible at the Charity Ball on the night.

Jude Scoops Graeme Howie Memorial Award

We are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the Graeme Howie Memorial Award for Community Involvement is none other than hot prospect Jude Winchester.

The staff at the club choose the winner each year and so far Garry Hay has been honoured twice, but young Jude has been out and about doing club business more than anyone this season it seems and it is his name that will get engraved on the shield that Graeme’s dad will present this afternoonjude at the match.

We would like to thank the club for allowing us to present the award and our sincerest gratitude also goes to Davie, wife Maureen and their daughter Caroline for the outstanding contribution they make to our Trust in an ongoing basis.

Killie fans have witnessed some really sad times in the past few years and although we push ahead and get on with things, we are the Killie family, we will never forget our own.

Killie Trust Board Statement on Kilmarnock Redevelopment

Trust10aThe Killie Trust would like to congratulate Diageo PLC and the Klin Group on their announcement of the proposed development of an indoor arena and associated facilities in Kilmarnock. The Killie Trust has long been involved in attempting to bring community-based multi-sports facilities to Kilmarnock. This fantastic and unique community-based venture would bring much-needed jobs and attract visitors back to the town, as well as providing the local population, organisations and businesses with top quality facilities. The Killie Trust looks forward to working closely with Klin Group in the consultation process to begin shortly.

Barry Richmond, Chairman of the Killie Trust stated: “From a community perspective we as a Trust are excited by what the future holds and that is not something that we have been able to say for a long time. I sincerely hope that other community groups will recognise the significance of these proposals and that we as a collective, in partnership with the Klin Group and the legacy of Diageo, can help put Kilmarnock back on the map as Scotland’s top provincial town with a heritage to be proud of and a future that is bright.”

Nigel Fitzsimmons, Secretary of the Killie Trust stated: “The Macklin family are strong advocates for the regeneration of Kilmarnock and the revitalisationof this community. Their vision and commitment are in harmony with the community targeted objectives of the Killie Trust and we are delighted to be involved in this exciting development”

Trust board member and Vice President of Kilmarnock & District History Group Gary Torbett said: ‘Kilmarnock has a long history of innovation, promotion and excellence in sport. The proposed development ensures this would continue for generations to come and truly gives the area a sporting and socialhub to be proud of. The rewards of having such a magnificent facility at the heart of the community would be significant and give us all a future to be proud of. Well done to Diageo and Klin group for their positive vision.”

COG moves up a gear with the launch of The Killie Trust Business Network Meetings

The Killie Trust held the first of many Business Network Meetings(BNM) on the 7th of February 2013 at the Coffee Press in Bank Street, Kilmarnock. These meetings are part of the the Trust’s Community Ownership Group initiative, their aim is to build closer relationships between local businesses and the Trust. These relationships will be vital for the long term sustainability of Kilmarnock Football Club and the local community.

The Coffee Press in Bank street, Kilmarnock

The Coffee Press in Bank street, Kilmarnock

We invited a wide variety of local businesses to this meeting and after everyone had settled down with some tea or coffee and a bite to eat the evening got started.  Nigel Fitzsimmons from the Trust Board outlined the format for the evening and gave a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session. Nigel’s talk covered the history of the Trust, it’s objectives and recent activities. These activities include the Community Ownership Group or COG as it is known.  There is an ever growing list of football clubs in community ownership across Europe, the UK and Scotland. Some of these include Dundee in the SPL, Swansea City in the EPL and most of the Bundesliga clubs; Germany provides some of the best examples of sound financial management, fan involvement and community ownership.

Nigel then moved on to explain the Trust’s Community Partnership initiative.

This initiative aims to promote local businesses which have similar aims and objectives to the trust and which have worked in partnership with us on a project or event.

Finally we had a question and answer session with a wide ranging discussion about the Trust movement, COG and the partnership initiative.

This was a very positive meeting and it was great to speak to so many people who have similar objectives and have the good of Kilmarnock the football club, the town and the community at heart.  Everyone understands that COG  will not be a quick fix but we must start somewhere.  This meeting confirmed to the Trust that we have to build a greater understanding of our aims across all parts of the community. We agreed to give everyone regular updates on progress.

There will be many more of these meetings. We are also more than happy to speak to any local group as well.  If you are interested in attending a BNM meeting or you would like us to give a talk about the Killie Trust and COG,  please email the

Remember to look out for #COG and #killietrustbnm on twitter.

Football Fans In Training (FFIT)

Football Fans In Training (FFIT) is coming back to Rugby Park.

The club will be running this excellent programme from the Monday the 18th of February. This programme is aimed at men over 35 who have a waist larger than 37 inches and want to do something about.

The programme starts Monday the 18th of February for 12 weeks.

Time 6.00-8.00pm

Venue: Rugby Park

For more information contact Paul McDonald at Rugby Park or email him on or call 01563 545309

Here is FFIT official site and also for your viewing pleasure is some video from the BBC from the first time it was at Rugby Park. See if you can spot anyone you know.


Good luck to anyone who goes on to participate.

K-Step: How it Works

Following on from yesterdays blog about how K-Step came to be, here you can read how its all done.

We’ve all heard the one about our school years being “the best years of our lives” but is that really the case. I’m sure we’ve all got mixed memories of our time trying to work out that unsolvable algebra problem, making sense of a William Shakespeare soliloquy or translating the thought “when’s that bell gonny ring” into French.

What if you were going to school in the morning KNOWING you were going to learn about the history and all aspects of the famous Ayrshire Killie??

One of the main objectives of the Killie Trust is to bring our football club closer to the community and attempt to generate a love of all things Killie in the hope that we can increase our supporter base. You don’t need a maths degree or 20/20 vision to see that attendances at the Theatre of Pies are down and we can debate over many hours (and a right few beers) what the root causes are.

Talking about ways to increase attendances is one thing but in this financial climate it’s time to put words into action and follow King Kenny’s mantra about supporting your local team. So, where better to start than to get right into our schools and get Primary 5/6 youngsters passionate about the KILLIE!

With this in mind, the Trust talked the idea through with a then unemployed local K-Step3student teacher, Lesley Sandison. Over a period of time, a programme was devised, which fitted comfortably with the education department’s Curriculum of Excellence, to use the attraction of the football club as a means of encouraging pupils in their verbal, written, aural and social skills. The Kilmarnock Supporters’ Trust Education Programme (K-STEP) was born.

The programme is spread over six two and a half hour sessions. The Trust also lend the class a small camcorder which pupils take turns to use to record all their activities throughout this period. They can later transpose this to DVD to look back on at a later date.


With a Killie flag as a backdrop instead of Big Ben, pupils take turns to act as newsreaders, reading out key chapters in the 143 glorious years of our famous old club.

Using these key chapters, they then create a timeline frieze and decorate it with some pictures showing past glories and the famous faces that have played for our club over the years. The completed 20 foot frieze thereafter takes pride of place on the classroom wall.

This newly gained knowledge about the history of the club is then put to the test with a game of KILLIE QUIZBALL, a Monopoly-style board game with various pitfalls and questions to be answered along the way before someone can be crowned CHAMPIONNEE!


We can’t get by in life without using numbers and football is no different. Squad numbers, attendance numbers, match scores, not to mention the big numbers involved in money matters.

Pupils discuss how a football club can make money and what the Club has to spend money on to ensure a match can take place.

Their arithmetical skills are tested when they are ‘given money’ to spend in the Killie Shop and Snack Bar and they examine match day profit and loss accounts.

One important revenue maker with the Club is selling replica football kits so the pupils set about designing a strip for the famous ‘blue and whites’, the winner to be judged by Kenny Shiels himself.


A debate ensues on what a ‘manager’ is and what makes a good manager? Pupils get to pull together all their good points and fill in an application to the Chairman to be considered for the position of manager at Kilmarnock F C.

Once they have become manager, they must buy a team and keep it within the Chairman’s very strict budget restraints. Pupils mull over a pool of players, weighing up their cost, positional strengths and weaknesses before coming to a decision on which eleven forms THEIR team……and don’t forget the Chairman’s VERY strict budget restraints.


This session is all about teamwork and co-operation. Players can’t perform without the help of their teammates and if one part of the team doesn’t perform, prepare to lose the game.

Various exercises take place to show the benefits of working as a team and how you can achieve your goal if everyone co-operates.

The session finishes in the gym hall with ‘parachute games’ which test their teamwork to the max.


The KFC Community Department visit the school and deliver an input on healthy eating and nutrition and their knowledge is tested by way of a quiz.

This is followed by an exercise session in the gym hall where pupils can work up a sweat during some fun-filled games.

Killie players visit the class for the last period of the day and are grilled by up-and-coming journalists on all aspects of their life and experiences…..and even probe about THEIR time at the school.


The last session involves a visit to the hallowed ground at Rugby Park.

Pupils are given a guided tour through the stadium, hearing about all the various artefacts and memorabilia on display, while trying to fill in questions relating to them on a fact sheet.

They also visit the Board Room, home, away and referee’s dressing rooms, the medical suite, get to come out of the tunnel to the pitch-side and sit in the dugouts.

Then, its light refreshments followed by a short prizegiving where everyone gets a ‘goody bag’ and a diploma signed by Kenny Shiels and Jimmy Nicholl officially certifying them as Killie fans.

To try and cement a bond between pupil and KFC, our Club generously donate tickets to the school for home games which fall within the six week K-STEP programme so pupils can take in the whole match day experience first hand. Hopefully this taster will make them want to keep coming back to Rugby Park to become the supporters of the future.

The Killie Trust very much believes that the future sustainability of our Club will depend on youth development and more integration between Club and community. Youth development on the playing front is, of course, very important but just as vital is youth development off the pitch. Supporters are the lifeblood of the Club and without them, KFC would not exist.

K-STEP is a structured way for players to visit Primary Schools and a vehicle for the Club to get its message across and hopefully increase our supporter base.

Let’s face it, with average home crowds of just over 4,000 in an 18,000+ stadium, we’ve got a lot of empty seats to fill!

Last year the Trust polled sufficient votes in a national RBS community competition to be awarded some money for this initiative, which has allowed it to be rolled out to several schools.

St. Sophia’s in Galston have recently completed the programme which will now move on to New Farm and Bellfield Primary schools in the New Year.

The Trust is on the lookout for suitable volunteers to become part of the team delivering the programme to local schools. It goes without saying that the more volunteers we have, the more schools we can reach.

If you’re interested in helping out or want to know more about the programme, please get in touch via email to – or

K-STEP: The Story So Far

K-Step3In July last year RBS launched CommunityForce, a new initiative to help support local charities, organisations and groups to raise publicity for their work and attract volunteers. The programme also provided the opportunity for three groups in each of the bank’s 27 CommunityForce areas to win awards of £6,275 each. Organisations and charities applied for awards during the summer and an online public vote took place to decide which three organisations in each area would receive the awards.

The Killie Trust applied to CommunityForce in the hope of extending their Primary School education project which proved to be successful and very popular when it was piloted at Patna Primary school.

This innovative project promotes literacy, numeracy, decision making and healthy diet and exercise activity. It helps develop an understanding of co-operation, leadership and financial awareness among primary school pupils, using a Kilmarnock Football Club throughout as a theme.

Pupils got the opportunity to interview Kilmarnock players, tour Rugby Park and also attend a number of home matches during the project’s duration.

RBS_Logo_bold_articleCommunityForce, which forms part of the Bank’s Customer Charter, offers organisations more than just financial support. By applying for the awards, local charities and projects became part of a local online network giving them greater visibility and the opportunity to attract volunteers from the local area. RBS staff is also getting involved by volunteering their time and expertise.

Since the win the Trust has named the project K-Step (Kilmarnock Supporters Trust education Project) and Jim Thomson, who was instrumental in the pilot scheme said “We are absolutely delighted that our project has been recognised in this way. The funding will ensure that we will be able to roll it out to other local Primary schools and, at the same time try and lay foundations to ensure Killie supporters of the future too. A big thank you is also due to Kilmarnock Football Club for buying into the concept and making our project so unique and special”

If your school would like to take part or, if you would like more information on the project, please contact the Killie Trust by email or mobile at 07748 252455.

You can check the project out at or on twitter @k_step2012