If you are passionate about football and passionate about Reading FC then join us at STAR.
The Supporters Trust At Reading is a Registered Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 in the name of Reading Football Supporters' Society Limited
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 18 or over to vote – 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.
Royalty Points/MegaStore Discount: For the 2016-17 season STAR members receive 20 Loyalty Points onto their RFC membership allowing higher priority to big-games and scarce tickets, as well as a voucher for 10% Off at the Megastore (Discount voucher only valid for personal visit at Megastore and not currently for purchases online).
Away Travel: STAR runs discounted coaches to all away games, exclusively for STAR members.
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 STAR Bulletins (Please note our email proceedure to reduce spam below).
Social Events: We organise several social events including Quiz Nights, History evenings and the occasional football match against other supporters’ teams!
Our Email Communications
As part of our continued efforts to improve email communication to members we operate a strict member e-mailing list incorporating the latest best practice. When completing your membership application we use the email address from your application to contact you with our Bulletins and Reading Matter newsletters.
We have found in the past that some email accounts on our mailing list become outdated during the season, become full or otherwise unavailable, especially web based accounts such as Gmail and Hotmail and repeated attempts to send to those addresses can unfortunately be interpreted by internet providers as spam. To help improve deliverability and avoid problems associated with spam filters, emails returned to us as undelivered or unavailable are automatically removed from our main mailing list. We will make a further attempt to contact those account holders to re-subscribe but if unsuccessful those email addresses will remain off our mailing list. You can also help by marking our address of firstname.lastname@example.org as a 'friendly' email in your spam filters.
We hope this will lead to an improvement for the vast majority of our members. Should you find you have not been receiving emails from us, and have checked your spam filter, please contact email@example.com with your details.
Joining STAR is simple and straightforward!
Our membership season runs from 1st July to 30th June to match the football season. You can apply for the 2016-17 season membership online here.
Online payments can be made securely 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 20 Loyalty points.
During the season we try and process your application promptly and usually within a few days. You can collect your membership card from the STAR base at a home match. You will receive a confirmation email from the membership team, along with your membership number, after your application has been processed.
If you live outside the Reading area as an Exile your pack will be available for collection when you can attend a home match unless you respond to the acknowledgement email asking for it to be posted to you.
Alternatively you can download a paper application form here and send it with a cheque by post or bring your completed application form with you to the STAR base on home match days in the new season. If applying by post send your application with the appropriate payment to:
5 Chapel Lane
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.