Supporters' Trust At Reading
"Supporters' Trust At Reading" also known as "STAR", is the official organisation representing the interests of supporters of Reading Football Club everywhere. STAR is the successor to Reading Football Supporters’ Club, which was itself established in 1930.
Constitution and Organisation
"Supporters' Trust At Reading" or "STAR" is the trading name of "Reading Football Supporters' Society Ltd", and was incorporated in the UK in March 2002 as an
Industrial and Provident Society(IPS).
As an IPS, STAR, like most other
supporters' trusts, is a non-profit making, democratically accountable supporters' organisation, and as an IPS is regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
STAR is managed on a day to day basis by a Board of between 12 and 15 people, at least 8 of whom are elected by the membership of STAR at elections held annually. Elections to the Board take place by rotation every three years and any STAR member nominated by ten other STAR members may stand for election to the Board at the Annual General Meeting, normally held in August with nominations by the end of May.
STAR Board Members meet at least monthly, and are responsible for the overall policy and financial direction of the Trust, including its relationship with Reading Football Club, and other football clubs, supporters' groups, the football authorities, the media and the local and wider community.
STAR has a number of objectives written into its constitution. These are:
*to strengthen the bonds between the Club and the community which it serves and to represent the interests of the community in the running of the Club
*to benefit present and future members of the community served by the Club by promoting encouraging and furthering the game of football as a recreational facility, sporting activity and focus for community involvement
*to facilitate the participation of supporters of the club in activities promoting football in communities throughout the United Kingdom
*to encourage the Club to take proper account of the interests of its supporters and the community it serves in its decisions and to honour the contribution made by the community in the past to the life of the club
*to acquire and hold shares in the Club or any company controlling the Club and to be an active and growing shareholder thus giving supporters collectively the opportunity to have a stake in the Club
*to promote the full, accountable democratic and constructive involvement of supporters in the running and direction of the Club, including the principle of supporter representation on the board of the Club
*to continue the work of Reading Football Supporters’ Club, with particular reference to away travel, ticket priority and Fans’ Forums.
STAR is an active participant within
Supporters Directand the Football Supporters' Federation.
STAR runs coaches for STAR members to all Reading FC away matches, with bookings taken in the STAR HQ behind the East Stand at the
Madejski Stadium. STAR holds at least 3 Fans' Forums every season. Recent guests have included John Madejski, Steve Coppell, Bobby Convey, Kevin Doyle, Marcus Hahnemannand Stephen Hunt.
Representatives of STAR meet Reading FC's Senior Management Board every six weeks in order to discuss supporters' issues, and also have regular on-going contact with the relevant people at within Reading FC as appropriate.
In January 2006 STAR presented Reading FC with the “STAR Ticketing Blueprint”, outlining ways in which Reading’s fans’ believe that the Club's ticketing policies should operate in the
FA Premier League.
In August 2006 STAR ran a highly successful campaign to persuade Reading FC to grant broadcasting rights for live matches to
BBC Radio Berkshireafter these were set to be granted exclusively to intermediate station Reading 107.
STAR provides the questions which are used each week for BBC Radio Berkshire’s quiz “Royals Masterbrain.”
In August 2006, at half-time in Reading’s first Premier League match, versus Middlesbrough at the Madejski Stadium, STAR was presented with a Coca-Cola Championship Winners Medal, in recognition of the contribution which STAR and all Reading supporters had made to the previous Coca-Cola Championship winning season.
In February 2007, STAR organised a facility to allow Reading and other supporters the means to donate to the
Ulises de la CruzFoundation ( FundeCruz) [cite news | date= 2007-02-20| url=http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/News/NewsDetail/0,,10306~984736,00.html | title=Royals fans can now help with De La Cruz's Ecuadorian village rebulding | publisher= readingfc.co.uk| accessdate=2007-02-20] . Born in Piquiucho, a small village in the Valle del Chota, one Ecuador’s poorest regions, De la Cruz has set up a foundation there to fund a number of projects serving the local community to which he donates about 10% of his salary [cite news | date= 2007-01-27| url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6302665.stm | title=Ecuadorean footballer rebuilds village | publisher= BBC News| accessdate=2007-02-16 | author= Sarah Sturdey] .
Between August and Decemmer 2007, STAR organised the production of a book entitled "Reading 'Til I Die" - an oral history collection featuring the memories and stories of a number of Reading supporters, aged between 7 and 93. This book will be officially launched at 1st December 2007 before the Premier League match between Reading FC and
Middlesbrough FCat the Madejski Stadium.
In May 2008, following Reading's relagation from the Premier League, STAR organised a rally in the manager,
Steve Coppell,'s parking space. This in turn convinced Coppell to stay at the club. (http://www.readingfc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~1316477,00.html)
* [http://www.star-reading.org/ STAR - Supporter's Trust At Reading]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Supporters' trust — In British sports, a Supporters Trust is a formal, democratic and not for profit organisation of fans who attempt to strengthen their influence over the running of the club they support. There are over 140 Supporters’ Trusts across England, Wales … Wikipedia
Supporters' Trust — En el ámbito del deporte británico, una “Supporters Trust” es una organización o asociación formal, democrática y no lucrativa de aficionados que pretenden incrementar su influencia en el devenir del club al que apoyan. Con el respaldo… … Wikipedia Español
Reading F.C. — Infobox Football club clubname = Reading current = fullname = Reading Football Club nickname = The Royals shortname = founded = 1871 ground = Madejski Stadium Reading capacity = 24,224 chairman = flagicon|England John Madejski mgrtitle = Manager… … Wikipedia
Reading Public Museum — The Reading Public Museum, in Reading, Pennsylvania, has displays featuring science and civilizations, a planetarium and a 25 acre arboretum. It also offers educational programs for families, adults and children, and a yearly cultural festival.… … Wikipedia
The Survivors Trust — Infobox Network network name = The Survivors Trust network website = http://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/ The Survivors Trust is a national umbrella agency for over 125 specialist voluntary sector agencies throughout the UK and Ireland providing a… … Wikipedia
Martin Salter — Member of Parliament for Reading West In office 1 May 1997 – 6 May 2010 Preceded by Tony Durant Succeeded by Alok Sharma Personal details … Wikipedia
STAR — The acronym STAR may refer to:In organizations: * Special Tasks and Rescue or Special Tactics and Response, synonyms for SWAT ** Special Tactics and Rescue (Singapore), of the Singapore Police Force * STAR (interbank network), an interbank… … Wikipedia
Ulises de la Cruz — Infobox Football biography playername = Ulises de la Cruz fullname = Ulises Hernán de la Cruz Bernoid dateofbirth = birth date and age|1974|2|8|df=yes cityofbirth = Piquiucho, Carchi countryofbirth = Ecuador height = 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) position … Wikipedia
Kingsley Royal — Kingsley, a seven foot tall bipedal lion, is the official mascot of Reading Football Club. He was first seen during the 1997 98 season. Up until the end of the 2005 06 season he was played by Noel Selby Armstrong, who has since been appointed… … Wikipedia
Swindon Town F.C. — Football club infobox clubname = Swindon Town fullname = Swindon Town Football Club nickname = The Robins founded = 1879 ground = The County Ground Swindon | SN1 2ED capacity = 15,728 chairman = Andrew Fitton manager = flagicon|Scotland Maurice… … Wikipedia