Poster contest for Northamptonshire schoolchildren to urge road users to be aware

Sisters Charlotte (11) and Emily (8) Youdan are helping to promote the scheme
Sisters Charlotte (11) and Emily (8) Youdan are helping to promote the scheme

County schools are being invited to enter designs for road safety banners as part of a competition for Road Safety Week in November.

Kettering-based Recognition Express has joined forces with national road safety charity Brake to organise the competition for children aged four to 11.

Winners will get a printed banner of their design to display outside their school. Each participating school will get free annual membership to Brake.

Russell Golding, owner of Recognition Express Home Counties North, said: “We receive more interest in our road safety banners competition every year, and the quality of entries is always very high.

“This year’s theme about looking out for others applies to children and adults alike. I am sure pupils will have a lot of fun designing banners to communicate this very important message and we look forward to seeing the entries.

“Brake does an excellent job of keeping road safety on the political agenda and we fully support the campaign calling on drivers to protect people on foot and bike by slowing down to 20 in communities, looking twice and taking it slow at junctions and bends, and giving people plenty of room.”

Joe Burns, corporate fundraiser at Brake, added: “Road Safety Week is a community event, so we are always thrilled when local businesses take part. Recognition Express Home Counties North really helps to bring road safety to life for children with this annual competition.

“It’s a great way to get children thinking about how to keep themselves safe near roads. We encourage schools to take part and use the opportunity to plan lessons and activities surrounding Road Safety Week.”

Local schools will receive an email direct from Brake during the first weeks of September. Competition entry details are also available by visiting Recognition Express’ website or by emailing Mr Golding at

The closing date for entries is Friday, October 10.