Lewis Page visits local youngsters as part of club's Schools Partnership Scheme

Charlton defender Lewis Page presented awards to local school children, as part of an afternoon to raise money and awareness for St Thomas More Catholic Primary School.

The Eltham-based school is part of the club’s School Partnership Scheme, which sees Charlton Athletic partner with 47 schools in Greenwich.

As part of the scheme, schools receive exclusive benefits, including player visits, and Page was joined at St Thomas More by development squad trio Josh Umerah, Matt Carter and Dan Bowry.


Chair of St Thomas More PTA Claire Wheeler explained why they were keen to work with a family club like Charlton.

She said: “We had a St George’s Day PTA event, trying to raise money for the school and community awareness. The history of the school is that we grew from a community hall, it’s all about community, so we went to Charlton, our local team. To have the team here has been absolutely fantastic for our staff and the kids.”

Page said: “It was nice to hand out awards to those children that have been doing well. Some of them are going on to secondary school soon, so it’s nice to give them a little boost before they go to their new schools.”

Club Development Manager Lisa Squires said: “It was a great event and one we were very pleased to be a part of. We now have 47 schools in our Schools Partnership Scheme with more than 19,000 school children at those schools, and events like today and the reaction the players got show just why it’s important for us.”

As part of the scheme, schools receive exclusive club benefits including:
- Player appearances throughout the season
- A designated Schools Partnership Scheme noticeboard at their school to keep up to date with everything Charlton related
- The chance to obtain signed memorabilia for schools raffles/fetes/fairs etc.
- Discounted match tickets in the Family Stand

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