Foundation helps children stay ‘safe in the city’
Children in Leeds have taken part in a city-centre rail safety awareness week in conjunction with Network Rail, British Transport Police and the official charity of the club, The Leeds United Foundation.
Over 360 youngsters from 12 schools attended sessions at Leeds City Station with staff from The Leeds United Foundation providing youngsters the opportunity to learn and be educated on the dangers involved in track and station safety.
One pupil, from Churwell Primary School, said: "I really enjoyed the day, it was a good experience. We learnt lots around railway safety, and the importance of being responsible around stations. Each activity was different, which offered a safety message. My favourite was the train simulator, as we understood the role of a train driver".
Leeds United Foundation project officer, Elliott Flowers, continued:
“We had a really enjoyable week at Leeds City Station and the young people from across the city who thoroughly enjoyed the activities. Network Rail provided a simulator and the British Transport Police delivered some fantastic interactive demonstrations all serving to deliver key safety messages
Each child was given the opportunity to ask questions and leave the day understanding more about being safe around the tracks. Overall the day was thoroughly enjoyable for pupils, staff and the schools themselves and we hope to run another event next year.”
Vinny Burke, Leeds station manager for Network Rail, said:
“We are delighted to have worked with Leeds United Foundation, British Transport Police and Virgin Trains East Coast on this important project.
“Hundreds of children have learnt important skills to keep themselves safe at stations or when travelling on trains. We also taught the children how important it is to keep off the tracks and not to trespass, as doing so can have life changing consequences.”
There are over 300 fatalities a year in the UK from track misuse and related incidents
The Leeds United Foundation’s Network Rail programme is viewed as the leading rail safety sport programmes in the country, supporting the community and city in becoming safer and more protected.