Sandy Hook Shirt Auction - First Scholarship Award
Last year STAR joined a number of supporters groups and football clubs from around the world in donating a signed football shirt with a number 26 to help raise money for a scholarship fund in memory of teacher Rachel Marie D’Avino. Rachel was one of the 26 victims of the tragic shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14, 2012.
Dave Clarke, Head Women's Soccer Coach recently updated STAR with the project and first scholarship award.
Dave writes, "Proceeds from the online auction totalled $26,000. This project was coordinated with Ms. D'Avino’s cousin, Lauren (Carmody) Grenier ’03, a Quinnipiac women’s soccer alumna. The Rachel D’Avino Memorial Endowed Scholarship will be made annually to a graduate of Newtown High school with a strong academic record of achievement. Preference will be given to a student who was enrolled at Sandy Hook Elementary School during the 2012-13 academic year and/or to a student pursuing a career in teaching.
The first Rachel D’Avino Scholarship was awarded to Christopher Miller, a resident of Sandy Hook who is currently a senior at Quinnipiac University. He is majoring in History with an interest to enter the Education program upon graduation this coming May.
On behalf of Quinnipiac Soccer and the family of Rachel D’Avino we would like to say a heartfelt thank you for your generous donation of a signed Reading FC shirt to the Quinnipiac SHES26 Soccer Auction".
Match Day Programme STAR Pages - Blackpool and Derby
STAR have a regular page in the match day programme for each of the home matches. If you were unable to get to the match, or decided not to buy a programme for the Blackpool game on 25th October you can download a copy of our STAR page notes here.
The notes for the previous home match against Derby on 18th October can also be downloaded here.
Readibus Available For Away Travel
A reminder to members who may have restricted mobility that STAR, in conjunction with Readibus, offer an Away Travel service to the majority of games. This service is supported by STAR so that prices charged are comparable with those provided on STAR Travel coaches. The Readibus can take 2-3 wheelchair passengers (staying in their wheelchair) and accompanying carers can travel for free.
Readibus have only a small team of volunteer drivers to help on this initiative and are always keen to hear from any one who has minibus driver experience, or who knows someone who has experience and may be willing to be part of the team of drivers for our away games.
For Readibus bookings or driver interest please contact Christine Henderson
STAR Welcome New Consortium to Reading
On Friday 19th September Sir John Madejski issued a statement to confirm our new Asian consortium partners were now in place.
We welcome the new consortium to Reading and wish them joy and success during their stewardship of our club. Reading FC has been in the top 30 clubs in England over the past decade and probably among the top 200 in Europe. The club should be regarded as a valuable sporting asset which it would be a privilege to guide through the next phase of its long history.
A professional football club is nothing without its local supporters. We bring much love and respect for the club, as well as a fair bit of gate money, and we look to the directors to bring their own money and some love and respect too. This too is a partnership; this one is between parties with different abilities, assets and perspectives.
We, at STAR, look forward to meeting members of the consortium at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss both our visions for the future of the club. Despite several requests we never actually met with Anton Zingarevich and this fact created an uncomfortable situation from the start. This time round we would like have a positive dialogue from the outset and help to unlock the potential of Reading FC for both its new guardians and its many supporters.
STAR would also like to thank Sir John Madejski publicly both for his perseverance over this last difficult year and also for his ‘stewardship’, as he himself called it, of our club over the past generation. He has made an immensely significant and hopefully durable improvement to its condition. We hope that he continues to enjoy watching the fruits of his labour for many years.
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.
Football Supporters Federation Launch Away Fans Survey
The FSF are encouraging anyone who has been to an away game so far this season to complete their survey and for those who plan to go to an away game in the future to complete this afterwards. This is the second such survey which aims to measure the experience of away fans in the Premier League, Championship, League One, League Two, Conference, Conference North/South and League of Wales throughout the season.
The results of last years survey compiled from over 5,000 fans can be found on the FSF website.
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Give Fans a Voice
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5,308 fans responded to away fans survey
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