It was a second visit to the East Renfrewshire School by Jack as part of Queen’s Park’s ‘Tickets for Schools’ programme that saw the children given Match Tickets as well as T-shirts and scarves by the former Southampton player before being taken to and from the National Stadium at Hampden a week past Saturday by club partners McDades Coaches.
Former Queen’s Park Youth shot-stopper Craig Gordon, who is the Active Schools Coordinator for the Woodfarm Cluster that includes Thornliebank, put Jack and the children through their paces. They worked on close control and their dribbling skills.
Jack was delighted to be back and took part in a second Question-And-Answer session with the children, which focused on the game against the Kirkcaldy side, and of course, the goal he scored in the game.
The 21-year-old said: “It was great to be back and hear what the pupils thought about their visit to watch Queen’s Park play. I had promised them a goal celebration however when I scored, I was at the opposite end to them so I wasn’t able to carry it out. As part of the Q and A session I was able to explain why but I have said that if they come back, I will try and score at the end they are at.”
“It is nice to be part of an initiative that is looking to grow the club’s fan base in this way.”
Queen’s Park’s Head of Commercial Kieran Koszary added: “Our thanks go to Jack for the time he has put in at Thornliebank. As a club we are lucky to have a squad of players who put in a genuine effort to help out with the ‘Tickets for Schools’ Programme.
“The feedback from Thornliebank about their day was great and I am sure our partnership will grow.”
Kieran added: “The Tickets for Schools Programme is just one of the ways we are looking to bring the supporters of the future in now. It is a unique programme as the players do two visits and two question and answer sessions, not just one to hand over tickets.
“We are constantly looking to engage with young people who will come and support Queen’s Park. This season saw season tickets for £10 as well as free Ticket initiatives for local groups. We have had events with sponsors including Design a Buck’s Shake, Design a Christmas Card and there is a Design a Pizza competition to come in the second half of the season.
“We know that people welcome this level of engagement and we are delighted to provide it.”