If you are passionate about football and passionate about Reading FC then join us at STAR.
STAR (Supporters Trust At Reading) is a non-profit Supporters’ Trust set up in March 2002 by Reading FC supporters for Reading FC supporters.
Why not join STAR?
STAR was born out of Reading Football Supporter’s Club (which was established in 1930) and we have carried on the core activities of RFSC and considerably expanded these with the extra powers gained as a Supporters’ Trust. Without a strong and vibrant membership we would not be able to carry out these activities. A strong Trust is good for the Football Club, good for the community and good for the supporters of Reading FC.
Each Trust Member owns a £1 nominal share in the Trust, and each eligible member has the right to stand for election to the Trust Board, to vote in the election of Trust Board representatives and to attend the AGM. (NB Under Trust rules, members must be aged 16 or over to vote – therefore members under this age join as 'affiliated members' and are not eligible to vote or stand for Board membership).
Benefits of STAR membership include:
Representation: STAR is a democratically accountable, community-minded non-profit making supporters’ organisation dedicated to representing the views of Reading fans to the Football Club, football governing bodies authorities, the media and the local community. The more members we have, the louder our collective voice is!
Fans’ Forums: Free entry to members-only Question and Answer evenings with key RFC people – players, management and other staff. Fans’ Forums are held throughout the season.
Ticket Priority: STAR members receive 10 “Royalty Points” allowing higher priority to big-games and scarce tickets.
Away Travel: STAR runs subsidised coaches to all away games, exclusively for STAR members. For those wishing to travel independently and meet up with others there is free matchday parking at Welcombe Break services for matches (Home or Away). You can download the information on the Welcome Break parking here. The parking permit can be downloaded here.
Newsletters: The free members’ newsletter, “Reading Matter” is available online or sent to STAR members three times a year, as well as regular e-mail updates through our electronic news service E-STAR.
Social Events: We organise several social events including Quiz Nights, History evenings and the occasional football match against other supporters’ teams!
Joining STAR is simple and straightforward!
The STAR membership year runs from 1st July to 30th June each year to mirror the football season.
Applications for 2013/14 season are now available. Membership costs remain at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18s and those over 65. Renewals or new membership applications for 2013/14 season can be made online, by post or in person at the STAR HQ outside the East Stand at the start of next season.
If applying in person or by post you can download the membership application form here. Once completed either take it with you or post it together with appropriate payment to:
5 Chapel Lane
Collecting Your Members Pack
During the main renewal period ahead of the start of the 2013-14 season, due to the volume of applications, Membership packs will be ready for collection from the STAR HQ at the first home game or on special evenings to be arranged for coach bookings depending on the fixtures. These will be advertised in due course. If you live outside the Reading area and cannot collect these will be sent by post.
During the rest of the season we try and process your application promptly and usually within 7 days. If applying online and you live local to Reading you will be given the opportunity to collect your membership card and benefits pack from the STAR base at the next Home match. This invitation 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.
Some Important Documents
STAR Rules - This document has been copied from the original rules as registered on 28th March 2002, and was last updated June 2011. You can download a copy of STAR Rules here.
STAR Data Protection Policy - STAR processes personal data in respect of members and occasionally third parties in order to fulfil its roles and obligations. Although STAR is a ‘Not for Profit’ organisation that is exempt from registering with the Information Commissioner, it still complies with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 98 to ensure that your rights are properly protected. Our data protection policy outlines how STAR will comply with the law and protect your rights. You can download a copy here.