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Every football fan's fantasy, Tavistock library

Posted: 29/07/2008 22:24:35

Football fans are in for an exciting season when it kicks off next month with the introduction of a new Fantasy Football League at Tavistock Library.

Football-mad staff at the library have worked out a system of points where Fantasy Football Managers can earn extra 'cash' to buy fantasy players by borrowing books, using the library computer or attending events.

Plymouth Argyle FC and Tavistock AFC are amongst the sponsors of the must-have range of prizes

Jude Jeal from Tavistock Library said: "We are hoping that Fantasy Football will appeal to lots of our young borrowers, and hopefully children who are not already members of the library will be encouraged to join and then be able to take part."

The competition is open to anyone with a valid Devon County Council Libraries membership card and is free to enter. Entrants will be made 'manager' of a squad of football players and allocated a fantasy transfer budget depending on the entrants' age. This budget can be used to 'buy' better players to add to their squad, and can be augmented by using library services.

Players in the squad earn points according to how well they play in actual games, by playing for their Premiership team, scoring goals and keeping a clean sheet. They lose points if they are booked, sent off or give away penalties. These points are credited to the entrants choosing the player concerned.

The points accumulated by all the players in the entrants' squad are totalled at the end of each month, with the highest scoring team manager winning a prize in two categories. Manager of the month amongst under-17 year olds will win two tickets to a Tavistock AFC home match, and in the over 17's age bracket will win two tickets to a Plymouth Argyle home match.

The points are also totalled over the whole season, and the manager of the season (under 17) will win a framed Tavistock AFC first team shirt signed by the entire squad, and the over-17's winner will enjoy an exclusive tour of Plymouth Argyle's Home Park Stadium.

Debbie Lake, Argyle's Assistant Community Manager, said: This is a great initiative to be part of, it is important that youngsters use their local library, and we can help with this by using football as an incentive.

Derek Pethick from Tavistock AFC said: "We think this a great scheme, to use the great game of football as a means to getting people of all ages to improve their reading skills. I am sure it will be a huge success."

Runners-up prizes will include copies of the Rothmans football yearbook donated by Book Stop of Market Street Tavistock and sports equipment donated by Active Co.

Executive Member for Culture, Councillor Sheila Hobden, said: "This is a really imaginative initiative and I am sure it will be a big hit with football fans in the Tavistock area. No doubt the competition will grow fierce as the season progresses!"

Details and rules are now available and entries will be taken from Friday 1st August. For further information telephone Tavistock Library on 01822 612218 or email [email protected]

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