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School children given free Preston North End tickets for good attendance

Posted on - 15th August, 2014 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Preston North End, Schools

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Preston North End have given out 3,000 pairs of match day tickets to local schools.

Nearly 100 schools entered the Full House competition run by North End and Lancashire County Council.

Any pupils who haven’t missed a single day of school have been given a free pair of tickets.

County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: “We’re really pleased to have this partnership with Preston North End.

“We’re always looking for imaginative ways to help improve attendance, and this is a double winner for both schools and the football club.

“When it comes to education, research shows that every day counts. We want our children and young people to have the best chance at education and good attendance is an important part of that.

“Some of our colleagues have run similar schemes in the east of the county and they too have proved popular and successful, so we’re glad to work with PNE on this important issue.”

Andy Haythornthwaite, manager of the Sir Tom Finney Foundation at PNE, said: “This is the second year of the ‘Full House’ scheme and we are delighted that significantly more schools have come on board in 2014.

“Those schools who have been part of the scheme from the outset have all said that it is a fantastic way of encouraging children to try and make sure they are at school every day. As a club we are very aware of the importance of a positive and full education to everyone, and we are delighted to be able to work closely with the schools and Lancashire County Council in order to help in this area.”

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