Pupils at a Johnstone school were treated to a visit from a very special sporting guest as they took part in Fairtrade Fortnight.

Former St Mirren star and television’s Sportscene pundit Steven Thomson visited St Margaret’s Primary to talk to children about what it takes to be a footballer, as well as the overall benefits of teamwork, fair play and healthy living.

The school has been using Fairtrade futsals – a smaller version of the more traditional football – in their PE lessons, made by Glasgow-based social enterprise Bala Sport.

During Fairtrade Fortnight, the children learned about the benefits workers in Pakistan gain from the additional 10 per cent Fairtrade premium, such as healthcare and safer working conditions.

The pupils were then asked to take part in a Design a Fairtrade Football competition.

Steven picked a winner from each class, as well as an overall winner.

PE teacher Dominic Tollan said: “Our recent football block has been a great way to teach our pupils new skills and encourage teamwork and also gave us the opportunity to talk about where the footballs come from and to be mindful of making sure these workers are given a fair price.

“It was great to have Steven in to inspire our pupils.

“He was great with the kids and they are still talking about his visit.”