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.
Royalty Points/MegaStore Discount: STAR members receive 10 “Royalty Points” allowing higher priority to big-games and scarce tickets, as well as a voucher for 10% Off at the Megastore (2014-15 season subject to renewal of agreement with RFC. Discount voucher only valid for personal visit at Megastore and not for purchases online)
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!
Our membership season runs from 1st July to 30th June to match the football season. This season our membership fees remain unchanged at £10 for adults and £5 for under 18 yrs and over 65 yrs.
You can join or renew your STAR membership for the 2014-15 season here online. 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 Royalty points.
During the season we try and process your application promptly and usually within 7 days. If you live local to Reading you will normally be expected to collect your membership card from the STAR base at a Home match. You will receive a confirmation 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 pack by Royal Mail post.
Alternatively you can download a paper application form and send it with a cheque by post or bring your completed application form with you to the STAR base on home match days. 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.