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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.”

Crolla Goes Back To School

World champion boxer Anthony ‘Million Dolla’ Crolla took a break during fight-week to surprise students at a north Manchester school.

The WBA lightweight king – who still lives just a few minutes drive from the MCMA academy in Blackley – found time ahead of his unification bout with Jorge Linares to inspire and motivate the pupils and staff. Anthony took part in a question and answer session with year seven, before giving a coaching masterclass to some of the school’s keen amateur boxers.

The Sport Community organised the event in partnership with the Manchester United Foundation, which delivers coaching and life skills at the school.





Sam’s a Star!

The Sport Community once again joined forces with law firm McHale & Co to send a young athletSam Clarke Transplant Gamese to the European Transplant and Dialysis Sports Championships.

Sam Clarke, who was born with a genetic kidney disease and had a transplant in 2003 at the age of 11, won gold in petanque pairs, ten pin bowling singles, ten pin bowling pairs and team bronze in floorball hockey.

His best performance in Vantaa, Finland, came in discus where he won silver with a personal best of 21m 44.

Sam, who trained at Altrincham Athletics Club in Timperley under coach John Snape up to five times a week despite having to take 13 medications a day, competed in the M2, 18-29 years category at the games.

A team of 12 solicitors from McHale & Co ran the Manchester 10k and scaled the Three Peaks Challenge to help raise funds for Sam.