Welcome to our New Chairman

560356_10151114652829899_1483803466_nLast night the Killie Trust Board appointed our new chairman to replace Barry Richmond, who stepped down at the recent AGM after seven years in the role. Jim Thomson, a “weel kent” face in the world of all things Killie, has agreed to take on the role for the next year at least. Jim retired from the police force in 2008 after 30 years of service before joining the Trust Board in 2009. He was instrumental in setting up and operating the K-STEP Programme for local school children which led to the Trust being awarded a large grant from the Royal Bank of Scotland, among many other achievements. Jim is also a dedicated committee member of the Young Kilmarnock coaching organisation, which is the envy of every football club in the country.

A lifelong Killie fan and a shareholder in the Killie Trust since our formation over a decade ago, Jim embraces the Trust’s ideals and philosophies and recognises “the only sustainable future for Kilmarnock Football Club is through some form of community ownership” and hopes to oversee progress on all Trust fronts over the next year. The man he is replacing said: “I am delighted to be passing the baton to someone as capable as Jim, his drive, enthusiasm and ability to shoulder responsibility is exactly what we need right now. If he gets the same support afforded myself then I have no doubt that the Trust will continue to flourish and serve the club and the community well”.

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 -community@killietrust.org or mobile at 07748 252455.

You can check the project out at http://www.facebook.com/KStep2012 or on twitter @k_step2012