Peterhead FC and the SPFL Trust have teamed up to launch the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge which aims to encourage kids to read.


The Bloo Toon Club is working in partnership with SPFL clubs and local libraries, to deliver the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge which aims to inspire children aged 5-12 to read four books in exchange for match tickets.


The initiative centres on a reading “challenge card” which participating clubs and libraries will issue. For every book read, children will receive a stamp on their card.


When they have read four books, participants will receive a FREE match ticket for any home league match at Balmoor Stadium during season 2020-21 or 2021-22, while an accompanying adult will also receive a free ticket. Alternatively, if spectators are not permitted in the stadium access to live streaming will be provided.


SPFL Trust Chief Executive Nicky Reid comments:


“The 4-4-2 Reading Challenge initiative is designed to encourage children who don’t regularly visit the library or sport to do so. As such, we think it’s a real win-win opportunity for all concerned.


Nat Porter, Peterhead FC Youth and Community Coach adds: “The initiative is a great way to encourage children to read and become involved with their local football club. Taking part in sport and reading are both important for young people’s physical and mental health.  As well as being fun, reading for pleasure can increase empathy, reduce stress and improve wellbeing, while all the research shows that children who read for pleasure also tend to do better at school.  We’re delighted to work with the SPFL to use sport to encourage a love of reading in Scotland’s children.”


SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster says:


“The 4-4-2 Reading Challenge is an excellent initiative from the SPFL Trust that the SPFL is delighted to support. Learning to read is a cornerstone of every child’s upbringing and hopefully the reward of getting to a football match will encourage many of them to take up the challenge.”