Christophe Berra was at Ainslie Park to help promote the Edinburgh branch of Street League, a national charity that uses football as an engagement tool to help provide unemployed youngsters with a pathway into work.
Before returning to Ipswich for pre-season training, the Scotland defender popped down to the Spartans Academy for a kickabout and a chat with a group of youngsters currently enrolled on the scheme, which combines football with education in an attempt to enhance confidence levels and employability skills.
Berra is the latest high-profile football personality to throw their weight behind the charity, which counts Robin van Persie, Cesc Fabregas and Soccer AM presenter Max Rushden as its main ambassadors.
Danny Munro, Edinburgh’s Street League progressions coordinator, said: “The best part of the job is seeing these guys arrive in week one with zero confidence and then by week eight seeing a massive difference in their personal development.”
Any youngsters wishing to join Street League, or businesses who wish to forge links with the scheme or provide placements, can contact Danny by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by phoning 07794209298 or on twitter @DannyM_SL.