Football Focus Issue 75 - Page 73

Rothes SPEYSIDE CAR SALES Graeme Christie We are a family run local business specialising in Used Car Sales & Repairs Tel/Fax - Office: 01340 831397 Home: 01340 831559 17 New Street, Rothes AB38 7BQ Proud Sponsors of Rothes FC There’s already two or three of the lads in the under 17’s that the manager has identified as having the potential to step up to the first team in due course and succession planning is healthy for any club. It’s pleasing too that even with the influx of players in the first team we’ve been able to retain two or three local players. To have those players from the local area means a lot, not just to the club but to the community as a whole. FF: What do you believe could be some of the biggest challenges the club may face in the next five years? GD: I’m certain that there will be challenges ahead in the coming years. It’s always going to be a struggle to attract players when the bigger clubs are offering crazy money. You find that, except for a couple, most clubs are paying around the same wages to players. Where you find the difference is the signing on fees offered. We, like a lot of our counterparts, do find it a struggle to maintain the financial commitments required to operate on a weekly basis and remember, the more successful the team, the more it costs in win bonuses, a nice problem to have, and you then hope that improved “Speyside Car Sales is a family run, local business specialising in used car sales and repairs. We have sponsored the club for three to four years now and provide minibus services to some of the teams when they have long trips. As a company we are proud to sponsor Rothes FC. I am also a youth coach at the club with the U17s and have always been keen to help out where I can. I’d encourage everyone at the club to keep doing what you’re doing. The people involved really are great and all pulling in the right direction to help make Rothes FC as credible as we can.” Graeme Christie, Speyside Car Sales gates and engagement generally help to increase our revenue. That’s why we depend and rely so much on sponsorship deals and matchday hospitality packages. They are the key to our being able to continue investing in the playing staff to bring continuous improvement in performance and results. FF: What are the clubs ambitions over the next five years? GD: The ambition for the next few years is to continue the upward direction in the league and maybe get a couple of money spinning fixtures in a cup run which will help raise the profile of the club. Whatever the future holds – we’ll still be there for Speyside. “The ambition for the next few years is to continue the upward direction in the league and maybe get a couple of money spinning fixtures in a cup run which will help raise the profile of the club.” www.footballfocusmag.com 73