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News - 20 July 2020

4-4-2 Reading Challenge Project Report - By Steven Mew

Brechin City were one of 14 SPFL Clubs that participated in the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge, which encourages children through the power of football.

First established in 2017, the incentive-based programme inspires primary school aged children to read four books at their local library. In return, they earn two tickets for a City match - free for themselves and discounted for an adult.

The Club are pleased to provide the following data from the Challenge which proved a real success:

- 672 children engaged
- 180 books read to get tickets
- 90 match tickets issued

Vice-Chairman Martin Smith, a former Principal Teacher at Maisondieu Primary School helped sow the seeds on a strong partnership between the Club, local library and schools.

Sylvia Main, Children and Families Libraries Lead at Angus Council said, "Martin Smith saw the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge as a fantastic opportunity to engage young readers, including reluctant readers (especially boys) to start enjoy reading using football as an incentive.

"On behalf of the Club, Martin visited the library to discuss how we could work together to establish a partnership to encourage and engage the children.

"The library created book displays highlighting both fiction and non-fiction books for various age groups about all aspects of football. For the library it made a huge difference to have a partner who was liaising very closely with us, schools and the Club."