A bit of background…
Yorkshire St. Pauli was established in May 2011, with the idea to get a group of like-minded St. Pauli fans together to watch games. Two years later, and we have a home at Wharf Chambers in Leeds, we have met hundreds of fans who share our love for St. Pauli and we’ve established a great online community through our website and social media. Because of this online presence we’ve also managed to extend our group to the wider community, and last year we had over 70 members from all over the world.
This year’s membership…
This season we decided as a group that we wanted to do something more. St. Pauli is a great club with a community conscience that is both aware and provides assistance to those who need it, both in St. Pauli and beyond. St. Pauli has a broad awareness of political issues, and there are many projects run both officially by the club and also by the various fan groups of St. Pauli. We wanted Yorkshire St. Pauli not only to mirror the support of the football team, but the support of the community as well.
During the last few weeks our members have voted to establish a charity fund, and increase our membership fee from £1 to a minimum of £3 for the forthcoming season. £1 from the membership fee will cover costs of running the fanclub – such as our official fanclub registration with the club, the administration of our website and subscribing to St Pauli TV which allows us to show delayed streams of games. The extra £2 (or more if you are happy to donate more!) will go straight to our charity fund, which will be collected and donated to our chosen charity.
We are delighted to announce that the charity our members voted for was PAFRAS – Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers. PAFRAS works with asylum seekers, refugees and local communities in Leeds and the surrounding area. You can find more information on PAFRAS on their website, below:
Alongside each £2 that will go to PAFRAS from each member, we will also try and have several fundraising events throughout the course of the year as well to support the charity, and will have more information on that in the coming weeks and months!
We are aware that some people do not wish to donate to charity for various reasons, therefore if this is the case please let us know when you pay your membership and instead we will donate the £2 from your membership fee to the 1910 Museum – a project to build a museum at the Millerntor.
Do i have to be from Yorkshire to join, or attend games, or take part in any weird initiation process?
Not at all! Our membership is open to everyone (except Nazis and sexist pigs), wherever you are in the world. Even if you do not live locally and can’t attend our meetings, we do have a members forum where members can get involved in the group and discuss everything that is happening within the group which means everyone can get involved and everyone’s opinion is heard – regardless of whether you have a Yorkshire accent or not.
That’s sounds alright. But how do i join?
Membership is available now, and you can renew your membership or become a new member by simply sending us your £3 membership fee. This is the minimum membership charge, but if you do wish to donate more all extra donations will also be passed on to PAFRAS.
Membership can be paid either in person during one of our meetings, or via PayPal to our email address email@example.com
Please note – If you pay via PayPal, please pay the PayPal fees, otherwise we will incur a charge from PayPal for your payment which then means we won’t receive the full membership fee. PayPal should give you the option when sending the payment to say that you are sending it to “friends or family” and to pay any transaction fee. If you are paying from abroad and do not have this option, please pay £3.50 and this will cover the PayPal fees.
If you do not use PayPal, you can also pay by bank transfer. Please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
Membership fees are not obligatory, everyone is welcome to watch the games with us, but if you can afford to become a member to help with the running costs that would be great. If you have any questions about membership, please contact us via email at email@example.com. We are also on various websites/social networking sites, the details of which can be found in the “contact us” section.