Win a trip to Wembley with schools football reporting test

Judge: the BBC’s Mark Clemmit

The build-up to Non-League Day on Saturday, October 7, continues apace, with Croydon FC appealing to football-loving youngsters who fancy having a go at being a sports reporter for the day.

The best entry in a sports journalism competition, filing a report on the Southern Counties East League Premier Division match against Bearsted using the Sportswik app, will win a trip to the press box at Wembley on a match day.

The competition will be judged by Mark Clemmit, of BBC’s Football Focus.

And the winner’s school will also benefit by receiving a sports journalism masterclass from Clemmit and Tony Snow, the former FA media manager, who will also present children with opportunities to get further work experience in sports journalism.

Non-League Day is always scheduled to coincide with an international break, when professional clubs from the top two tiers do not play. It provides a platform for grassroots clubs to promote their brand of volunteer-led community football – while giving fans across the country the chance to show support for their local non-league side.

To gain free entry to Croydon FC v Bearsted FC (kick-off 3pm on October 7) simply download the Sportswik sports social media app on your smartphone via Google Play or the Apple Store and follow Croydon FC once registered.

To get direct access to the team feed copy and paste this link – from your smartphone browser to download.

At the game you can post comments, pictures and videos to the team feed and contribute to the Non-League Day experience.

For fans who can’t make it to the game, there is an option to receive match scores to keep up to date with all the action.

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