Signed St. Johnstone FC home shirt 2020/21 up for grabs to the highest bidder

Saints in the Community have launched a silent auction to raise funds for our Mental Health & Wellbeing football programme!

During the first national lockdown in 2020, our Mental Health & Wellbeing football players took part in a 30 Day 3 Km Challenge - running, walking or cycling 3 kilometres for 30 days. Each player who completed 30 days earned a signature on a 2020/21 St Johnstone FC home shirt and as a result of the challenge, the full squad signed the shirt (size Small) in December 2020. This shirt is now available to the highest bidder!

Close: Sunday, 28th February, 1pm
Details: All bids are silent and sealed. Submit your maximum bid and all bids will be compared when the auction closes. The winning bidder will receive their signed shirt hand delivered (if residing in Perth) or delivered by post.

All funds raised will go to our Mental Health & Wellbeing football programme, a community project which harnesses the widespread appeal of football to support adults who are struggling with their mental health and, in some instances, has proved to be life-saving. In normal circumstances, our players meet on a weekly basis to take part in a training session and compete in regular league fixtures. Our football sessions are very popular and as a result, we are the only organisation to have two teams participate in the national Scottish Mental Health & Wellbeing League. 

“I used to be in the military and after my surgery I felt useless to the world. Football saved my life. Saints in the Community kept me going - they gave me something to live for.” - Peter Roberts

Our players rely on our group training sessions as a means to self-help and peer support. The stop-start nature of COVID-19 restrictions, and therefore stop-start nature of our football sessions trying to resume, has negatively effected their mindset and has eliminated any regular routine. Lockdown has had a significant impact on many of us, but particularly people with pre-existing mental health issues. Our team have held each other up throughout the last 11 months, have risen to every challenge we have set them and have pushed through the last year despite their personal struggles.

In addition to our 30 Day 3km Challenge, our players also took part in the Scottish Mental Health & Wellbeing League 'Step Count Challenge' throughout November (and won!) and since January, they have been taking part in our new 'Away Days Challenge', walking the equivalent distance to a variety of football grounds coinciding with the St Johnstone FC fixture list.

This is a charity fundraiser with some memorabilia up for grabs which any St Johnstone fan will love. We hope you will get involved!