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Last Updated: Wednesday January 14 2009 07:30 GMT

Free footie campaign gathers pace

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It's hoped that kids in Scotland could soon get free tickets to see their fave footie teams play.

As more and more people are being careful with their cash, clubs across the UK are noticing lots of empty seats in their grounds on match days.

A politician in Scotland wants to tackle the problem by giving thousands of kids free entry to matches.

And Scotland's sports minister is backing the plan.

MSP Frank McAveety has been campaigning for the idea to be brought in since December.

He thinks it would be a good way to attract new fans at little cost to the clubs.

The idea's already got the support of some Scottish clubs and players.

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Kids on free footie tickets

Former Scotland star and Hearts' captain Gary Mackay agrees that it would be a good way of getting kids involved in sport early on.

"Supporters are the lifeblood of the game and the earlier youngsters get involved the quicker they get the bug and become lifelong supporters," he said.

"Win, win"

Scotland's sports minister Stewart Maxwell said letting young fans watch games for free would be a "win, win" situation for everyone.