4-4-2 Reading Challenge

Kick off your reading with this amazing challenge!

Scottish Book Trust and the Scottish Professional Football League Trust have joined up with 14 SPFL clubs and over 200 local libraries, to encourage primary school-age children to read in exchange for match tickets.

Borrow books from any participating library and receive free and discounted tickets for a child and an adult to SPFL football matches from participating clubs across Scotland.

Read four books for two tickets, it couldn’t be simpler!

How do I take part?

If your local library is taking part, children aged 5-12 can visit and pick up a Challenge card to register. If you are not already a library member, you can join for free.

  1. Choose and borrow 4 books from the library.
  2. Get a stamp on your Challenge card for each book you have read.
  3. Once the card is full, exchange it for a FREE child’s ticket and a discounted adult’s ticket at the ticket office of one of the SPFL clubs taking part.

You can collect stamps on your card until 31 May 2018. You can exchange your completed Challenge card for discounted tickets for eligible matches played before 31 October 2018. Tickets are subject to availability and early booking is recommended.

Which clubs are taking part?

You can exchange your completed Challenge card for discounted tickets to certain matches played at the above clubs. Please check with individual clubs for a full list of matches included in the Challenge. Tickets are subject to availability.

Which libraries are taking part?

I want to choose some books – where do I start?

Libraries are a great place to explore and to find books you will enjoy.  Your local librarian will be happy to suggest different authors and types of books: picture books, novels, graphic novels, non-fiction – with so many to choose from you’ll never be bored!

Scottish Book Trust’s book lists are a good place to find your next read.  They are arranged by age with lots of different themes so you’re sure to find something that grabs your attention.

You can also find over 300 book suggestions drawn up for the First Minister’s Reading Challenge.

As well as helpful advice for parents and carers to help make reading fun for children.

If you are a parent/carer and would like to hear from Scottish Book Trust with reading suggestions and tips for encouraging your child to read, please sign up here

Full terms and conditions

  1. The reading Challenge is open to any young person aged 5-12 through participating libraries.
  2. The reading Challenge will run from 6th February 2018 until the 31st May 2018.
  3. All tickets must be redeemed for SPFL games which fall before the 31st October 2018.
  4. For every completed Challenge card, the holder is entitled to one free child match ticket and one discounted adult ticket at participating SPFL Clubs.
  5. Clubs participating in the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge are: Annan Athletic FC, Arbroath FC, Dundee FC, Dundee United FC, Forfar Athletic FC, Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC, Kilmarnock FC, Livingston FC, Motherwell FC, Peterhead FC, Raith Rovers FC, Ross County FC, St Johnstone FC, Stirling Albion FC. 
  6. Completed Challenge cards must contain four stamps received from participating libraries. 
  7. To claim tickets, Challenge cards must be presented to the relevant SPFL Club ticket office along with a valid library card (library cards are available for free at your local library).
  8. Only one free child ticket and discounted adult ticket can be redeemed against one match. A minimum discount of 20% will be applied to the adult ticket. 
  9. The free child ticket must only be used by the young person participating in the reading Challenge. All tickets are subject to availability as dictated to by the corresponding SPFL Club. In some instances, Challenge cards may not be redeemed against certain games. 
  10. A young person may repeat the reading Challenge as many times as they wish within the allocated timescales following the process stated above. 
  11. Please contact your local library to see if they are participating in this exciting initiative.


llustrations for the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge were created by Anders Frang. Check out more from Anders at andersfrang.com.

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