Tickets for schools programme reaches 5,000 mark


MORE than 600 local schoolchildren will attend this weekend’s Championship match between and Hibernian FC and Alloa Athletic at Easter Road as part a Tickets for Schools programme.


In total more than 5,000 tickets have been distributed to schoolchildren for league matches at Easter Road Stadium so far this season under the scheme.


The initiative has been driven by supporters from the Hibernian Football Working Together group, which looks to bring fans and the Club together.


Every primary school in Edinburgh and the Lothians has had at least two opportunities over the course of the season to attend a home league match as part of the initiative.


Supporter Kevin Martin, who has led the initiative, said: “Two volunteers, myself and Rod Cranston, created a database and contacted every state school in Edinburgh, East Lothian and Midlothian by phone then email.

“The response has been incredible with almost every school very keen to be involved and many emails of thanks.


“Although it has taken a fair bit of work and effort it has been worth it. Let’s just hope some of these kids catch the Hibs bug and enjoy attending Easter Road for years to come!


“We look forward to developing this next season for the benefit of children, schools and the club.”


Chief Executive Leeann Dempster added: “We have been delighted to welcome over 5,000 school kids to Easter Road as part of the Tickets for Schools programme.”