Sports Stars Help Kids Stay ‘Off-Track’

The Sport Community is helping to organise an event for more than 150 children to take part in a unique safe-travel sports day in York.

‘Railsafe’ is a British Transport Police event using sport to promote safe use of the train network, whilst highlighting the dangers of railway lines. Children from years 5 and 6 from schools across York and Leeds are competing at the event at York University.BTP logo

Team GB table tennis medalists Karina Le Fevre and Daniel Reed will be on hand to show off their skills with an exhibition match before helping  to promote the ‘getting there safely’ message. Along with table tennis, sports represented include tag rugby, cardio-tennis and quidditch.

The BTP event is supported by companies including Virgin, Network Rail, Transpennine Express, Grand Central and Kier Construction.

Sergeant Mary-Anne Snowden from British Transport Police said: “Every single day we are called to the tracks because a train driver has had to sound their horn or apply their emergency brake in a desperate bid to avoid young people on the line. We believe the number of children we encounter trespassing is sadly just the tip of the iceberg.

“This event is all about educating young people about the dangers of the railway and getting them to take a reality check when it comes to trespass in a fun, engaging and informal way.

“We want young people to stay safe – trespass is not a game. They are real tracks with real trains and real-life consequences and that’s the message we will be enforcing to those attending the event.”