OAKWELL will be filled with an extra 4,000 youngsters this weekend after the Reds handed out free match tickets in 25 primary schools.

Each child has been allocated one ticket plus an adult's ticket for Saturday's clash with Yeovil as the club seeks to engage with future generations of supporters.

Wayne Bullimore, chief executive of Barnsley FC Community Sport and Education Trust, said: "It's great to be able to offer this initiative to partner schools during the upcoming festive period.

"This will hugely support and reinforce the importance of the Trust's work and attending a game for any children is the icing on the cake for their whole Barnsley FC experience.

"Feedback from schools and parents has been overwhelmingly positive and we're all looking forward to seeing the North Stand bouncing on December 14."

Steve Iredale, headteacher of Athersley South Primary School, added: "I think this is a great initiative.

"It provides the opportunity for some of our children and parents to experience a match at Oakwell, particularly at a time of year when finances are tighter and attending a football match may not be high on a list of priorities.

"This again demonstrates the commitment of the staff at Barnsley FC to be fully involved with schools and local communities."