Published On: August 2, 2023Categories: BlogBy

At Accredit Solutions, we wholeheartedly acknowledge and embrace the unique power that sports hold – Sports have the incredible ability to inspire, empower, and transform lives, particularly when cultivated at the grassroots level. And we are passionate about ensuring that every individual has the opportunity to experience the joy and camaraderie that sports bring.

Empowering Grassroots Sports

As a leading industry expert in accreditation systems, we are committed to empowering grassroots sports initiatives and providing active support to organisations that promote values like team spirit, sportsmanship, and equal access to sports. Over the years, we have established valuable partnerships with local sports entities like the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA), London Legends, and the Jets Football Club of Sutton Little League Football, among others. Together, we strive towards building a prosperous sporting ecosystem that fosters inclusivity, personal growth, and community development.

Making Dreams a Reality: Sponsoring London Legends’ Under-18 Team in the Under Armour Future Circuit

Based in Peckham, London Legends is more than just a basketball club. The organisation uses basketball as a tool to help young people prepare for life, build confidence, and develop important skills. We are proud to support their mission and help make their dreams come true by sponsoring their under-18 team’s participation in the prestigious Under Armour Future Circuit in the USA in 2023.

This event was a tremendous opportunity for the Legends, as they were the first UK basketball club ever to receive an invite to compete in a premier Amateur Athletic Union event. With our sponsorship, we contributed to the overall budget, ensuring that all 10 young people who made the trip had the chance to participate fully. The team played against high-level competition in 10 games over 10 days, travelled across two different states in the USA (Texas and Arizona), and experienced training and living in an elite environment.

A Journey of Growth and Success

From broadening their understanding of different cultures to creating athletic and academic opportunities, the tour with the London Legends has been a catalyst for growth and success. Not only has it raised the profile of the team, but it has also connected our young people with others worldwide through the power of sports. The success of the competition has resulted in the London Legends being recognised as the only international flagship program for Under Armour outside of North America, securing their participation in future events. Additionally, five young individuals were identified for student-athlete scholarships in the USA during the tour, opening doors for their bright future.

It has truly been a pleasure supporting Legend’s journey to success and witnessing the remarkable impact sports can have on young people’s lives.

Accredit had previously sponsored Legends during the Under-18 Men’s Sure Shot National Cup in early 2023. This was another significant moment for the team as it marked their first-ever appearance in the National Cup Finals.

Thank you to Accredit for sponsoring us to the U.S, you made it possible for me to achieve my dreams – Haydin, Player, London Legends”

“The trip was very special and an adventure to remember. The competition was at a high level and all the activities off the court was spectacular. Thanks to the support provided by Accredit Solutions, our trip was more smooth and comfortable, so we could focus on performance. Thank you! – Coach Max, Head Coach, London Legends

Streamlining Safety and Security: Accredit Solutions’ Support for ESSA

One of our other notable partnerships is with the English Schools Swimming Association (ESSA). Since 2022, Accredit Solutions has been providing our accreditation system for all of ESSA’s swim meets and championships.

ESSA plays a vital role in promoting the teaching of swimming in schools throughout England. They organise national championships for swimming, water polo, and diving, providing opportunities for young athletes to showcase their talent and potentially pursue a career in the sport. ESSA also supports international aquatic athlete pathways by taking teams abroad for competition, further nurturing talent and fostering global connections.

Our partnership with ESSA aligns with our core mission of creating a safe and nurturing environment for children to enjoy sports. By streamlining the accreditation process, we enable ESSA to maintain a safe and secure environment while giving participants the chance to shine. ESSA has been able to implement clearly visible accreditation badges for all events, making it easier to identify participants and ensuring the safety and security of everyone involved.

At Accredit Solutions, we are proud to partner with ESSA and contribute to the development of grassroots sport. Our dedication to corporate social responsibility initiatives reflects our belief in the transformative power of sports and our commitment to giving back to the communities we serve.

 “Accredit Solutions has enabled us to bring in an additional level of safeguarding into our national events with ease. Their system is easy to navigate and operate but secures our athletes and puts in checks following our internal procedures. Their passes are robust and high quality, as well as their colour coding allowing quick easy checks by staff in secure areas. Accredit Solutions offer a simple solution in enhancing our safeguarding practises.”  Stewart Nicklin, Honorary Championship Coordinator, ESSA

Instilling Pride and Unity: Our Sponsorship of The Jets Football Club

One shining example of our commitment to grassroot sports is our sponsorship of The Jets Football Club.

The Jets Football Club provides a safe and nurturing environment for boys and girls aged 5-8 to immerse themselves in the joy of football. Every Saturday, this dynamic group of talented young athletes takes to the field at Royston Park in Carshalton as part of the Rascals Division.

In 2019, Accredit Solutions came forward to sponsor The Jets by covering the cost of new football strips for each player during the 2019/20 season. This sponsorship ensured that the players felt united as a team while instilling a sense of pride and belonging.

Building Skills and Confidence

We firmly believe that early exposure to sports not only brings health benefits but also teaches lifelong skills of team spirit and sportsmanship. By supporting grassroot organizations like The Jets, we aim to make it easier for children to develop a love for sports and grow in confidence and skill.

“It’s incredible to see boys and girls as young as five develop a love for football, enjoy being part of a team, make new friends and grow in confidence and skill. Many of the players in the Sutton Little League have gone from hardly being able to kick a ball to playing for top local clubs, Premier League academies and their schools at county level. The Jets are very lucky to have Accredit Solutions sponsor them this season, the kids love their new kits.” Simon Phillips, Manager of The Jets and member of the Sutton Little League Committee

Supporting Grassroot Sports Through Accreditation

At Accredit Solutions, grassroots sports initiatives hold a special place in our hearts, as we are passionate champions of their transformative power. But we know that many grassroots programs face tough challenges, especially when it comes to funding and resources. That’s where we come in. We’re here to provide the support and expertise these programs need to thrive. By teaming up with local organisations who share our passion, we can make a real difference in grassroots sports. Together, we can create an environment where young athletes can dream big, where fair play and sportsmanship rule, and where everyone has access to the game. At Accredit Solutions, we’re committed to making this vision a reality.

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