A business who specialise in branding are giving the unsung heroes of junior sport in Croydon the chance of recognition and a slick new kit for their team.

The competition is being put together by Recognition Express Croydon, who said they want to help celebrate the opening up of junior team sports in the borough after months of lockdown by celebrating some of the unsung heroes that make the difference in their communities.

The Croydon branch of the company have frequently rewarded an Under-16s football team in Croydon with a expertly designed new kit as part of the annual competition, but are opening the field out to include all junior sports teams in the borough.

"As junior sporting clubs can finally begin to start meeting and playing again, it’s important not to forget the individuals in those clubs who held the group together during the long months of lockdown and worked tirelessly to get everything ready for their welcome return," a spokesperson said.

To get recognition for their unsung hero with a special trophy, and win a shiny new kit for their team, entrants must complete a nomination form and say why their hero and team deserve to win.

The driving force behind the endevour is Recognition Croydon Director Stephen Bennett.

"It’s been a tough year for everyone but particularly for children with their disrupted schooling and not being able to meet up with friends and teammates," he said.

"I know how hard club officials, parents and children themselves have been working to keep up morale during lockdown when clubs couldn’t meet to train or play.

"Getting everything ready for re-opening safely has been a mammoth task for all involved. There will always be that one stand-out individual whether it be a coach, parent or a team member who goes that extra mile for the club quietly and without seeking any praise or reward.

"As specialists in recognition products, promotional items and branded clothing, it makes sense for us to combine donating a new team kit to a local junior sports club whilst recognising an unsung hero," Stephen added.

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