Working in partnership with 14 SPFL clubs, the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge kicks off on Friday 11th October and runs until the 17th May. The challenge aims to inspire children aged 5-12 (or are at School and in P1 upwards) to read 4 books in exchange for match tickets.
Children aged between 5 and 12 will receive a sticker for every book they read, talking book they listen too or eBook/eAudiobook they download from the library service. They can then exchange their completed challenge cards at participating Football Clubs for a free child ticket and half-price adult ticket at any home game during the 2019/2020 Scottish football season.
14 Scottish football clubs are participating - Arbroath, Forfar, Brechin, Dundee, Dundee United, Montrose, East Fife, Peterhead, Inverness, Ross County, St Mirren, Stirling Albion, Queen of the South, and Ayr United, and borrowers can redeem their cards at any of these clubs.
The initiative was very successful during the 2017/2018 season, with 200 libraries in Scotland participating, 4, 484 books and 300 football match tickets issued. Here in Aberdeenshire we had 73, 4-4-2 Reading Challenge sign ups, primarily around Peterhead FC, with loans totalling 691 between 10th February until the 26th May 2018.
Get along to your local library to sign up!