Fans' Events organised throughout the season give a unique opportunity to meet RFC Staff, Players and Former Players.
Throughout the football season we organise a number of our own Fans' Events as well as support events held by other organisations. Normally all STAR organised events are free to members.
Among our most popular events are the Fans' Forums. These involve evenings where members can have an opportunity to hear and question RFC staff and players, past and present, on a range of audience led topics in an informal atmosphere away from the match day pressures.
Previous Event - Fans' Forum September
Our first Fans' Forum of this season was held at the Madejski Stadium after our AGM on 4th September. Our guest for the evening, Nigel Adkins, was also joined by his Assistant Manager Andy Crosby for a fascinating and enlightening evening.
For those members unable to attend and particularly those Exiles living outside the area, a summary of questions and answers were circulated to members via our EStar News email. If you haven't received your copy let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details and membership number and we can email you a copy.
STAR Flanders Trip 2014 - A Journey of Remembrance
On 30th and 31st May this year STAR organised a visit to the battlefields of Flanders for members to view the final resting places of Reading players who had fought in the First World War in what became known as the 'Footballers Batallion'. This followed a similarly successful visit to the Somme in June 2011.
A presentation of words and pictures recalling the trip was made at our AGM in September entitled A Journey of Remembrance. For those not able to attend a copy of the presentation in pdf format can be downloaded here (filesize 6.5Mb). Thank you to Pete Vickery for putting the presentation together and to Mel Bishop for additional photography.
A record of our previous visit in 2011 can be seen on our RFC Heritage page.
Previous Event - STAR Annual Quiz
The 2013-14 season STAR Annual Quiz Night took place on Wednesday 26th February at The Jazz Café, opposite STAR Base. The winners are shown below (Old Men from the Pru!) with 122 points. Close on their heals were the runners up: Mel B and the Spice Girls with 115 points. Third place was occupied by: Where’s the Chocolate with 106 points. Then it came to the coveted wooden spoons and taking the honours this year were: The Three Non-footballers with a very credible 53 points.
Previous Event - Nostalgia Evening Celebrates RFC Cup Tie With Arsenal
Wednesday 5th February 2014 was the 42nd anniversary of Reading’s epic FA Cup tie with Arsenal in 1972. To celebrate a memorable Cup run STAR organised a Nostalgia Evening at the Town Hall. After a look back at Reading’s progress to the 4th Round with Roger Titford, ITV’s Big Match highlights of the Arsenal game were shown – for the first time since 1972! In the audience – and on the platform afterwards to take questions – were three players from the match, pictured below from left to right: John Harley, Will Dixon and Gordon Cumming with Roger Titford of STAR.
STAR in the Community
STAR are proud to support the Royals Community Trust who work with all the schools each week doing PE lessons with the children. In 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. At the end of the tournament Dave Strawn from STAR (below left) presented all the participants with a certificate.
STAR were pleased to donate £500 to the RFC Community Trust to enable them to buy some sports equipment suitable for special needs children and adults. Shown below are some of the children using the curling equipment in the gym at the Addington Special needs school in Woodey to watch.
In the picture on the right are the children with the curling set and at the back Georgia Graham RFC Community Trust, Dave Strawn STAR, Daniel Rook RFC Community Trust.
STAR Community Project - 2 Day Soccer School
As part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations, STAR sponsored a number of children with special needs to two days of football coaching by Reading FC. Around 25 children attended the two day event held at the Avenue School in Reading.
Details and photographs from the day can be downloaded here.
Our next event will be our STAR Quiz Night to be held at the Tilehurst British Legion Club, Reading on Thursday 22 January - full details coming soon.
Our STAR Events are co-ordinated by Wendie Wakefield with organisational support coming from a wider number of STAR Board and team members.
If you have any ideas for events that you would like considered or are looking for further information on our upcoming events please get in touch with us at email@example.com
BBC Radio 5 Live event with audience from STAR
STAR Community Project - STAR is 10 celebrations
Fans' Forum with Alex Pearce
Face painting as part of our 10th Anniversary
Match 'n' Meal at Buxton after Barnsley match