Saints star Liam Craig kicks off virtual visits to local schools

Tuesday 17th November 2020

St. Johnstone's Liam Craig today ran a virtual 'school visit' with pupils at Our Lady's Primary School in Perth, ahead of the announcement of a new programme that will see first team players engaging virtually with local schools during the pandemic.

The midfielder, who is the club's all-time second highest appearance holder, talked to the youngsters about his career as a professional footballer and the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle. He also spoke about his love of reading autobiographies from fellow professional sportspeople as part of the country-wide Book Week Scotland campaign.

The club is planning to continue to hold future school visits, following today's example, in the coming weeks in partnership with the club's community partners, Aviva, and alongside the Saints in the Community Trust. A formal announcement will be made regarding that shortly.

Speaking after the visit, Liam Craig said:

"I was delighted to be the one to 'kick off' the club's virtual school visit programme this season and it was great to speak to children one on one and make their afternoon a little bit different!

"Communications with supporters and the local community during a pandemic is obviously very challenging but as a club we are adapting as best as we can and I think virtual school visits are a great way to keep that engagement going.

"I had a lot of fun speaking to pupils - it's important as footballers that we can be role models to young people in promoting the benefits of regular exercise, having an active lifestyle, and the importance and fun of reading."

Lorraine McNamara, Sponsorship Consultant at Aviva, added:

"I'm thrilled we are picking up from where we left off from before lockdown with our established school programme.

It's great we are able to kick this programme off again - albeit virtually - with Our Lady’s Primary School and we look forward to continuing with other schools in the weeks ahead."