Become a member of the Red Patch Boys!
This is the opportunity to join in with Red Patch Boys this year and support the cause! (looking to Renew your membership? Head here) The Red Patch Boys are an incorporated not-for-profit entity. We’re named in honour of a unit from the Canadian military, the Red Patch Devils, who participated in the liberation of Europe. Our flag is a tribute to the unit flag. This group is celebrating its tenth year supporting Toronto FC!
Being a part of the Red Patch Boys of course starts for many in the stands, with voices cheering on TFC. Becoming an RPB member allows you to go beyond and get more involved, bringing benefits and opportunities to show your support, contribute and be a part of more. Through passion, pride and purpose for the team and game we love.
Benefits include those listed in image above and more!
Read more and Apply Now!
Find the details on the official post on the RPB forum.
Look forward to hearing from you!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: What does my membership cost get me?
A: Your membership fee gets you a 2017 membership card which entitles you to 15% off at Shoeless Joes (King & Dufferin location only) on food on non-game days. Members joining early in the season will get either their real name or their board name embossed on the membership card! You will also get a dog tag that has the previous season’s Player of the Year on it – looks great on any key ring!
The money we receive from membership dues is put right back into the group. We use the money to pay for supplies for banners and the overhead “Tifos” that you have seen in the past. We also use the money for upkeep of the drums and megaphones featured at any match day, maintaining the online forum and website, as well as support other Red Patch Boys activities.
Q:How do I become a member?
A: You can start the process by sending an email to the membership team – full instructions on the official post here. One of our members will contact you to say hello and learn a little about you clear your way into the group. And then you’ll get payment instructions.
Q: How can I pay for my membership?
A: Our preferred manner of payment is by Electronic Money Transfer (EMT), basically Interac through your bank account. Most banks support this kind of transaction, although they may have a small charge for doing it. Another easy method is to pay in cash at a Red Patch Boys event or at a game. Most weekend home games will have a membership table set up. For people outside of Canada, other options will be available upon request.
Q: Do you have to be in Toronto, or can you join up if you live in other parts of the country or other countries?
A: We have Chapters set up in various towns and cities abound the GTA and soon, you’ll be able to arrange for membership at a Chapter location. One of our Chapters is established for members who live more than 75 miles from Toronto. You can arrange membership. There is also a chapter in Kitchener Waterloo, the KW Company, for example. We have members all across Canada, in the US, Europe and Asia.
Q: Is there a minimum age?
A: There is no minimum age, however, some of our chants and songs and some material on our message board may need a little adult accompaniment. This is a football supporters group, after all. There is no “junior” membership today, but we encourage parents to bring their children into the group. For a number of years running, RPB has been able to offer to its members the chance for their children to accompany players onto the field as a pre-game escort and work the sidelines as ball kids.
Q: Do members have to be on the message board?
A: We strongly encourage it, but recognize that sometimes it isn’t possible. You might want to come to our home pub Shoeless Joe’s or if a tailgate is happening and speak to a member or two about it. But there is a lot of worthwhile information on the boards – it is our primary communication method! But you can follow us on twitter or on Facebook as well.
Q: Do you have to have season’s tickets?
A: No, you don’t have to have tickets, just a passion for TFC. Support comes in many forms – working on one of the teams, attending RPB events, or just cheering for your team at a local bar or pub with other supporters!
Q: Can you get TFC tickets through Red Patch Boys?
A: More recently, members have been able to gain access to seats in sections designated to RPB (subject to availability). More generally though, many of our members have tickets available from time to time – just like any other tickets, sometimes, the owner just can’t make it. For that, we have a ticket trader thread and rules about how tickets can be transferred to other members. We often have spare tickets floating around at pre-game events, too. But making a profit off tickets sold to other members is strictly prohibited!
Q: Do I have to participate on an RPB Team?
A: Participation isn’t mandatory, but we’d like people to help out when they can. Our banners, one of the most visible indicators of support, need people to design, draw out and paint in order to make the banner a reality. Songwriters can help out by creating new chants and songs for the group at games. Everyone can make noise for the team at games, whether singing or beating on a drum! Or you can help out at social or charity events or with one of our soccer leagues or tournaments. Everyone has skills that they can contribute, and we’d like to give you the chance to make the best of yours!