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Free football match tickets for children who read

4-4-2 Reading Challenge

Culture Perth and Kinross has joined forces with St Johnstone FC, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) Trust and Scottish Book Trust, to launch a unique project created to inspire children to read and visit libraries more regularly.

Culture Perth and Kinross Libraries are included in the 200 Scottish libraries, working in partnership with 14 SPFL clubs, to deliver the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge which asks children aged 5-12 to read four books in exchange for match tickets. 

To kick-off the campaign, players from St Johnstone FC will take time out from training to talk about their favourite childhood books with pupils from St John’s Academy (Primary) and officially launch the initiative with representatives from Culture Perth and Kinross on Friday 9th March.

To take part, children will be issued with a reading “challenge card” from their local library for the participating football clubs, which will then be stamped each time a book has been read. When they have read four books, the child will receive a FREE match ticket for a home league match at McDiarmid Park, while an accompanying adult will be able to purchase a discounted ticket. 

Although this is a test project, more than one-third of the libraries in Scotland will be involved, across 11 of Scotland’s 32 Local Authorities. The project could be extended to cover the whole country if the initiative is a winner.