Scheme offers North-east children free football tickets to encourage them to read

North-east youngsters are being encouraged to read with the offer of free football tickets.

Scottish Book Trust is working with the Scottish Premier and Football League Trust to launch the 4-4-2 reading challenge.

Nicky Reid, chief executive officer of the trust, has sought backing from clubs to increase children’s literacy, library use and community engagement.

Aberdeenshire Council has joined forces with Peterhead FC to get involved.

Children aged between six and 12 will be challenged to borrow and read four books from their local library.

They will then be able to exchange their completed challenge cards at Peterhead FC for a free child ticket and half-price adult ticket.

The materials will be available at Aberdeenshire libraries later this month, and the challenge runs until Saturday, May 19.

Councillor Gillian Owen, education and children’s services committee chair, said: “I am thrilled that Aberdeenshire Council’s libraries will be supporting such a worthwhile initiative.”