Community coaches from St Mirren visited Langcraigs Primary School to deliver the first of our special Co-operative Insurance Cup football masterclass.

In the fun session the children learnt new skills and had the chance to try them out. And that wasn't all, they also got to see The Co-operative Insurance Cup (Scottish League Cup) trophy first hand and to learn about the historic tournament which started in 1940.

There was also an opportunity for children to sign good luck messages on a giant St Mirren shirt which will be presented to the club later this month and will take pride of place alongside a shirt from Rangers on the Hampden pitch at The Co-operative Insurance Cup Final between St Mirren and Rangers on Sunday 21 March.

Two lucky children, Shannon and David were selected by the community coaches during the time they spent at the School for their positive sporting attitude.  Their prize includes being at Hampden at The Co-operative Insurance Cup Final between St Mirren and Rangers on Sunday 21 March with a parent or guardian, taking part in a coaching session at Lesser Hampden before going onto Hampden itself and taking part in the on-pitch pre-match activity and then watching the game.

The Co-operative Insurance Cup masterclass roadshow will visited 10 local Paisley primary schools over the next fortnight thanks to Cup sponsor, The Co-perative Insurance.  The Co-operative Insurance Cup masterclass roadshow is part of The Co-operative Insurance's commitment to getting as many people as possible involved in its sponsorship of The Co-operative Insurance Cup.  Other activity this season has included free access to Round One games for under 16s; reduced price under 16s tickets for the semi-finals and final; The Co-operative Insurance Cup Keepy Uppy Challenge which has visited locations around Scotland this season from Black Isle in the north to Dumfries in the South; and a programme of football kit and equipment giveaways through media promotions.

Gary Hocknull, Community Coach with St Mirren commented:  'The focus throughout the club is on The Co-operative Insurance Cup Final next month and it's no different in the community dept.  We are delighted to be working with Cup sponsor, The Co-operative Insurance to deliver The Co-operative Insurance Cup masterclass roadshow.  My counterpart at Rangers and I each chose ten schools at random in the area near the club for a session.  The children at Langcraigs have been great and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience.'
Since The Co-operative Insurance grassroots programme began in 1999 it has supplied children's teams with over 3,700 sets of kit and 750 sets of equipment and provided football coaching for over 16,500 children.