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Youngsters To Get Taste Of Professional Football As Reds Hand Out Free Tickets

Wednesday December 11 2013

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."

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Reply Posted by bananas on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 14:30
well done Barnsley fc. now lets put a good show on for all those young Barnsley fans.

Reply Posted by Lewis Courtney on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 14:31
My Nephew got free tickets for his 1st game at Oakwell. Let's hope it's a game to remember. Thanks BFC

Reply Posted by calzone on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 14:54
Will they be sat in ponty end or next to the away fans

Reply Posted by TigerlilyxXx on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 14:58
Why is it only for some schools-not all....???? Two schools almost side by side and one gets the free tickets, the other doesn't! I have been a lifetime supporter of the Reds, through the thick AND the thin (like now!), and my loyalty has passed on to my son. However, I am not in a position these days (who is!) to be able to afford the luxury of football tickets-nearly £30 for an adult and child is a joke!-so imagine my excitement when I went with my friend to her granddaughters school to pick her up and she showed me the tickets-me thinking that my little boy would be running out of HIS school clutching for dear life his tickets! But no, HIS school hasn't got the tickets! Disappointment all round! Perhaps the better way to attract a 'future generation of fans' is to make the prices to more 'parent-friendly' eh, instead of disappointing lots of kids who's school didn't get picked. If my little boy has 2 friends round and I only have 2 chocolate bars then it either gets shared out 3 ways-or nothing-giving to just 2 is just mean-and with every good intention am sure-this is just a chocolate bar on a larger scale-mean!

Reply Posted by ... on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 15:02
@Tigerlily the prices will be cheaper next season and more parent friendly as they'll be playing in a lower division!

Reply Posted by rainbow on Wednesday December 11 2013 at 17:01
Perhaps this is instead of detention.??