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Welcome to STAR
Welcome to the Supporters Trust At Reading (STAR), a non-profit making, democratically accountable Supporters’ Trust registered with the Financial Conduct Authority. Staffed and organised by volunteer Reading FC supporters our formal title is Reading Football Supporters’ Society Limited and we are the successor to the Reading Football Supporters’ Club (est. 1930). You can find out more information about our organisation in the About STAR page.
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Our annual membership runs from 1st July to 30th June each year. Our membership for 2013/14 remains at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18 yrs and over 65 yrs. So to enjoy a season of benefits, including 10 Royalty points on your RFC Member account, free entry to Fans' Forums, a voucher for 10% off a Megastore purchase (not valid online), regular email updates and access to all away coach bookings with STAR Travel, sign up for the 2013-14 season today!
Online payments can be made securely and quickly via PayPal, you do not need to have a PayPal account but can pay by Debit or Credit card. You can apply for up to four members, with each member gaining Royalty points.
Alternatively you can download an application form and send it with a cheque by post or bring it with you to the STAR base on home match days.
If you live local to Reading you will normally be expected to collect your membership card and benefits pack from the STAR base at a Home match. This reminder to collect will be sent in an email from the Online Membership team, along with your membership number, after your application has been processed.
If you live outside the Reading area you will be sent your membership card and benefits pack by Royal Mail post.
You can find out more about membership of STAR on our Membership page.
Congratulations to RFC Under 21's Premier League Cup Final Success
Congratulations to the staff and players of Reading FC Under 21's for the magnificent Premier League cup final win over Manchester City on Saturday 19th April. It was a fabulous performance and a pleasure to witness. The victory was richly deserved as a return for the hard work and dedication that everyone involved has put in.
This achievement coupled with the under-18s performances in the FA Youth Cup show the excellent progress that the Club is making. Days like that do not come often and when they do they should be savoured by all connected with the Football Club. Well done to everyone.
Notes from April RFC Senior Management Meeting with STAR
The latest management meeting involving RFC and STAR took place at the Mad Stad on 2nd April. Topics discussed included Royalty points, Beer provision and young adult supporters research proposal amongst others.
You can download a summary here.
If you have any questions or concerns that you would like raised at the next Management meeting on 27th May please let us know at email@example.com
Leicester Programme Notes
Each home game STAR contribute to the match day programme. For those who couldn't attend the match or did not buy a programme you can download and read the STAR Notes for the Leicester match here.
2014-15 Season Tickets
STAR welcomes the freezing of season ticket and car park prices for 2014-15 no matter which division the club play in next season. STAR also welcomes the introduction of “family packages” for the North Stand making it cheaper for families to attend and the reduction of the child’s season ticket from £125 to £99. At a time when many family budgets are stretched it is good to see Reading FC, and some other clubs, taking this factor into account when setting prices.
STAR is consulting with the club to see if there are any ways in which tickets for young adults can be made more affordable / accessible in future seasons. Whilst realising that the price of individual match tickets has not yet been released STAR hopes that reciprocal arrangements can be made with other clubs to admit away fans at lower prices.
STAR Board Nominations - Would You Like To Help?
Every year there are elections to the STAR Board. Unusually this year there are nine vacancies on the Board. In part this is caused by the enforced retirement (by our rules) after 12 years of service of Colin Bishop, Gerry McGreevy and Chris Witcher – to whom very many thanks are to be accorded.
If you are looking to become involved with the running of STAR why not consider putting yourself forward for a place on the Board. In particular, nominations are sought from Reading fans with financial / accountancy / legal expertise and artistic / graphic art skills. But anyone with energy and commitment to the cause is welcome and you’re free to come up with your suggestion for your role as part of your application.
In order to stand for election you need to be a member of STAR aged 18 or over and get four members of STAR to propose and endorse your nomination form. You'll need to write a few lines about why you want a position and submit your nomination by 31st May 2014.
Full details can be found on the application form which you can download here.
If you want to find out more about becoming a STAR Board member pop into the STAR base outside the Madejski Stadium near Gate 5 on any home match day or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Big Match - Saturday 31st May
Another date for the diary is Saturday 31 May, when The Brain Tumour Charity will be taking on Action for Children at the Mad Stad for The Big Match. This annual game features members of the public, celebrities and ex-players. Last year they raised £65,000 for both causes, which made a huge difference. Gates open at 10.45am with kick off at 2pm. You can find out more by visiting www.thebigmatch.co.uk.
Huddersfield Programme Notes
Each home game STAR contribute to the match day programme. For those who couldn't attend the match or did not buy a programme you can download and read the STAR Notes for the Huddersfield match here.
Dave Hunt's Annual Review of RFC Finances
Regular STAR members will know that each year STAR member Dave Hunt delves into the latest published finances of RFC, combines them with answers from specific questions he has raised with the them, and produces a valuable insight into the club finances in a way that can be more easily understood by the majority of supporters.
Woven into the details of Dave's latest article, which covers July 2012-June 2013, are explanations to help fans understand questions such as 'How did we get promoted to the Premiership, spent little on players and made a financial loss?' or 'Why can a club like Bolton have several years in the Premiership and end up with a £100 million debt?'.
Given the club's current push for a playoff position Dave's conclusions are interesting...'Running a club with some ambition is not for the faint hearted. For a club with Reading’s assets and support we are continuing to over achieve. If we do get promoted again we face the same dilemma. A club that buys expensive players to stay up is not guaranteed to stay up but it helps. For a club of Reading’s size the risk is amplified. A club that spends little on new players comes back down again'.
Community Trust Schools Soccer Tournament
On 13th March the Community Trust held a tournament at the RFC training dome for children age 11 to 16. Eight schools were represented from as far as Newbury, Oxford and Slough. The tournament had two groups one of which consisted of children with disabilities. Each match was 6-a-side, 7 minutes each way and every match was hard fought.The children had a really enjoyable morning watched by parents and teachers.
STAR are proud to support the Royals Community Trust who work with all the schools each week doing PE lessons with the children. At the end of the tournament Dave Strawn from STAR (below left) presented all the participants with a certificate.
Saturday 26th April KO 3.00 pm
Depart Mad Stad, 9.00am
Depart West St, Reading 9.00am
(Don't forget your inflatables!)
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Following our Fans' Forum with ex-players on Wednesday 26th March our next event will be on 16th April, a Quiz with a Difference at the Jazz Cafe. Details to follow.
You can find out more about RFC Former Players Association on their website.
Not yet ready to join STAR as a full member?
Not to worry, you can still join us as an E subscriber by signing up to receive our occasional E-Star Newsletter and keep up to date with our events and news for Reading supporters.
We don't share your email with any one else, simply add it below and we ask you to verify it from the email we will send you. We look forward to welcoming you to our virtual STAR community!
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