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4-4-2 Reading Project

The SPFL Trust, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and Scottish Book Trust will tomorrow launch the second year of a pioneering project, which aims to encourage kids to read. 

THE SPFL TRUST, SCOTTISH LIBRARY AND INFORMATION COUNCIL (SLIC) AND SCOTTISH BOOK TRUST HAVE LAUNCHED THE SECOND YEAR OF A PIONEERING PROJECT, WHICH AIMS TO ENCOURAGE KIDS TO READ. 

ICT in the Community Trust are working in partnership with the SPFL Trust and local libraries to promote the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge, which will aim 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 Family ticket to any ICTFC home fixture 2019/2020 season.
 
In the first year of the project over 200 libraries were involved, across 11 of Scotland’s 32 local authorities. There were also more than 20,000 pupils taking part, across 87 schools, with 4,784 books being issued and 330 match tickets being allocated for books read.   
 
Funding for the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge has been generously provided by the SPFL. In turn, the SPFL Trust, Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Library & Information Council embark on the second year of this initiative that aims to help children across the country. The project is including Gàidhlig translation for the first time, in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

SPFL Trust Chief Executive Nicky Reid said: “The 4-4-2 Reading Challenge initiative is designed to encourage children who don’t regularly visit the library or attend sport to do so. As such, we think it’s a real win-win opportunity for all concerned. I would like to thank the SPFL for their continued support in funding the project, which has engaged with more than twenty thousand kids in its first year, and we hope this can continue to grow and inspire children to read.”

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, a charity changing lives through reading and writing, said: “The 4-4-2 Reading Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to engage young readers, including reluctant readers, especially boys, who are more likely to drop reading for pleasure as they grow older. Not only does the challenge bring together communities, but it also supports local libraries and encourages young people to discover a new love of reading that can last a lifetime.”

Craig Masterton ICTFC Head of Community adds:

“It is so important to get out into the community and inspire children to not just get involved in sport but to encourage different aspects of their education working in partnership with local schools.  The added bonus with the positive message of reading coming from male role models from a sporting background is imperative to inspire more youngsters to do further reading out with the classroom”

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster says:

“The 4-4-2 Reading Challenge is another 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.”

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Other clubs participating in the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge are: Arbroath, Ayr United, Brechin City, Dundee, Dundee United, East Fife, Forfar Athletic, Montrose, Peterhead, Queen of the South, Ross County, St Mirren, Stirling Albion

WHY IS READING SO IMPORTANT? 

Reading and writing transform lives.

Reading and writing are the most important factors in reducing the attainment gap, improve mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and dementia, and influence people’s work, relationships and the economy.

Inequality and Literacy

More than 1 in 4 of Scotland’s children are living in poverty and the problem is getting worse (Child Poverty Action Group)

Children from deprived backgrounds often do not go on to higher education and are likely to earn less over the course of their lives

By the age of three, children from the most prosperous households have heard 30 million more words spoken throughout their lifetime than children from impoverished households (Source: The Thirty Million Word Gap by Betty Hart And Todd R. Risley)

When they are five, the vocabulary of children from low-income households is typically more than a year behind those from high-income backgrounds (Source: Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Closing the Attainment Gap In Scottish Education Report)

Helping children to develop a lifelong love of reading can reverse this situation, helping to break the cycle of poverty and improve their life chances

Children who are read to every day by their parents and carers have been shown to be almost 12 months ahead of their age group by the time they start school. Even reading to children two or three times a week can make a significant contribution to their development.

Mental Health Benefits

Scotland is facing a mental health and wellbeing crisis. One in three people suffer from mental illness each year, and the number of people with dementia is set to double in the next 25 years.

Reading and writing for pleasure has incredible benefits for mental health:

Just six minutes of reading can reduce stress by 68%.

Reading is linked to preventing and slowing the onset of dementia.

Reading and creative writing improve empathy, communication and self-esteem and reduce anxiety and depression

Reading fiction can model ways of coping with alienation or problems at school, work or in relationships.

Reading creates a greater empathy with other sectors of society and with other cultures, which can help tackle social problems such as xenophobia, sectarianism and racism and create a more tolerant, civic-minded society.

The project is including Gàidhlig translation for the first time, in partnership with Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Working in partnership with 14 SPFL clubs and local libraries, the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge will aim 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, while an accompanying adult will be able to purchase a discounted ticket. 

In the first year of the project over 200 libraries were involved, across 11 of Scotland’s thirty-two local authorities. There were also more than 20,000 pupils taking part, across 87 schools, with 4,784 books being issued and 330 match tickets being allocated for books read.   

Funding for the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge has been generously provided by the SPFL. In turn, the SPFL Trust, Scottish Book Trust and Scottish Library & Information Council embark on the second year of this initiative that aims to help children across the country. 

The project will be launched at Bun-sgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis, as a class of children will enjoy an engaging storytelling session.

And they will be joined by representatives of Inverness Caledonian Thistle for the special event.

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 attend sport to do so. As such, we think it’s a real win-win opportunity for all concerned. I would like to thank the SPFL for their continued support in funding the project, which has engaged with more than twenty thousand kids in its first year, and we hope this can continue to grow and inspire children to read.”

Pamela Tulloch, chief executive at SLIC said:

“Reading for pleasure has a huge impact on the emotional wellbeing of people.  For children and young people, reading regularly can help improve literacy and learning.  But reading is an activity that must be practised, and we fully support initiatives that encourage children to read often and to explore various genre and material.  This is where libraries offer a valuable service; they are welcoming, accessible and trusted spaces, where children can learn and grow their imagination with a range of reading activities.  We hope the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge encourages more children to read more and to develop a long-term love of reading.”

Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust, a charity changing lives through reading and writing, said: 

“The 4-4-2 Reading Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to engage young readers, including reluctant readers, especially boys, who are more likely to drop reading for pleasure as they grow older. Not only does the challenge bring together communities, but it also supports local libraries and encourages young people to discover a new love of reading that can last a lifetime.”

David Boag, Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Director of Language Planning and Community Developments:

“Bòrd na Gàidhlig is delighted to be supporting the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge to ensure that pupils with Gaelic can participate in this exciting initiative.  The project supports the aim that Gaelic is used more often, by more people and in a wider range of situations and Bòrd na Gàidhlig looks forward to hearing about the positive outcomes that we are sure will be achieved by the young people taking part and in collaboration with football clubs across Scotland.”

SPFL Chief Executive Neil Doncaster comments:

 “The SPFL Trust’s 4-4-2 Reading Challenge has already made an extremely positive impact across the country. It’s encouraging to see so many children benefiting and I would like to congratulate the Trust and clubs from across all four SPFL divisions who are helping children develop a love for reading, which is an incredibly rewarding part of childhood.”

Clubs participating in the 4-4-2 Reading Challenge are:

Arbroath FC

Ayr United FC

Brechin City FC

Dundee FC

Dundee United FC

East Fife FC

Forfar Athletic FC

Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC

Montrose FC

Peterhead FC

Queen of the South FC

Ross County FC

St Mirren FC

Stirling Albion FC