The SPFL Trust and Scottish Book Trust have teamed up to launch a pioneering pilot project which aims to encourage kids to read.  Raith Rovers are delighted to be

one of 14 SPFL Clubs partnering with 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 project was launched in Fife at Kirkcaldy Galleries on Tuesday March 20, where Aaron Lennox read a chapter from the book, Kick by Mitch Johnson, to an enthralled audience of primary 7 pupils from Kirkcaldy North Primary School.  Ross Matthews, Jonny Court and Dave McKay were also on hand to answer questions on their favourite books and all four players joined the primary 7’s and Roary Rover to do a keepie-up competition outside in the sunshine.

The initiative centres on a reading ‘challenge card’ which will be issued by participating libraries.  For every book read, children will receive a stamp on the card.  When they have read four books, participants will receive a FREE match ticket for a home league match at Stark’s Park, while an accompanying adult will be able to purchase a discounted ticket.

Although this is a test project, over 200 libraries, marking more than half the estate in Scotland, will be involved, across 11 of Scotland’s thirty-two local authorities.  The project could be extended to cover the whole country if the initiative proves successful.

The project will run at the following local libraries until May 31st:-

  • Kirkcaldy Galleries Library
  • Rothes Halls Library
  • Templehall Library
  • Windmill Library
  • Burntisland Library
  • Cadham Library
  • Leslie Library

Four books for two tickets, it couldn’t be simpler:-

  • Sign up at your local library and receive a collectors card
  • Borrow amazing books and collect 4 stamps
  • Exchange your full card at Stark’s Park on match days for a FREE child’s ticket and a discounted adult ticket, £12, for our SPFL football matches between March 31st and October 31st inclusive.
  • Start all over again!


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