COLCHESTER United are set to recognise the brave efforts of NHS key workers at next week's League Two play-off semi-final against Exeter City.

The U's are expected to wear shirts featuring an ‘NHS Rainbow – Thank You’ emblem and take part in a period of applause prior to their semi-final first-leg at the JobServe Community Stadium, next Thursday.

It is part of EFL clubs and players collectively displaying their gratitude for those working on the frontline, during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two play-off clubs will join together next weekend (June 18-21) to recognise the work of NHS key workers who have continued to support our wider communities throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past three months, the EFL, its clubs and club community organisations have paid their own special tributes, with many working closely alongside their local NHS Trusts, donating resources, providing facilities for use and organising player or manager content to say thank you.

In addition to the emblem on playing shirts and minute’s applause, clubs will also show their continued support through their own media channels and through various in-stadia displays during the selected fixtures.

The ‘NHS Rainbow – Thank You’ emblem will also stay on playing shirts for all remaining fixtures of the 2019/20 Season.

EFL chairman Rick Parry said: “As all eyes turn to the return of football on the pitch, it is important that the League pays fitting tribute to the thousands of NHS key workers that continue to work on the frontline, supporting the country throughout the Covid-19 crisis.

“We know that many fans of EFL clubs are also NHS key workers and we’re proud of the commitment they, and our clubs, have shown to help the service over the past few months.

"By coming together across all remaining fixtures taking place, we hope we are able to show our gratitude and appreciation for their continued work and I’d like to ask all fans to join us in doing so.”

Ahead of next week’s re-start, the EFL is also making preparations to raise further awareness on the issue of racism and appropriately offer support to their colleagues, friends and members of the wider community who continue to be subjected to unacceptable forms of discrimination. Further details will be announced next week.