Championship side offering 20,000 free season tickets

With the cost of living crisis cracking down on everyone it could be the case that in the upcoming season fans make the tough choice to not attend their beloved team’s games on account of money not stretching far enough.

One Championship side have countered that though as they’re distributing 20,000 free season tickets among the local schools.

Barrow Raiders finished fifth in the Championship last year and boasted an attendance average of over 2,000 but with this brilliant new initiative that number will hopefully soar.

It isn’t just an increased attendance that this will draw but also a huge passion for rugby league for the next generation in a gesture that helps to extend the legacy of the World Cup.

The club announced the news via Twitter and their website where they go on to state that there aren’t restrictions upon the free entry so children can come without adults and with friends instead if they want.

Raiders chairman Steve Neale said: “As a club, we have been delighted to see average crowd figures increase over recent years, with more children than ever before coming to watch the Raiders on a matchday.

“We want to create a real buzz around the town and have a stadium full of atmosphere on a Sunday afternoon.

“Because of this, encouraging the next generation of supporters to join us is something that we are really keen to do ahead of the new season.”

Barrow will kick off their Championship campaign at home to Toulouse on February 4th but will have three pre-season friendlies prior to then including North Wales, local rivals Workington and Challenge Cup holders Wigan Warriors.

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