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Stars Help Kids Stay ‘Off’ Track

Sports stars headed to York to help inspire more than 150 children taking part in a unique safe-travel sports day.

The Sport Business helped organise the ‘Railsafe’ event –  a British Transport Police campaign 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 competed at the event at York University.

Team GB table tennis medalists Karina Le Fevre and Daniel Reed were 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. Sergeant Mary-Anne Snowden from British Transport Police said: “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.”

Carly’s Mission

The Sport Business is working with para-athlete Carly Tait as she prepares for the most important phase of her career.

The T34 wheelchair racer from Wythenshawe is gearing up for the World Para-Athletic20170329_140356 Championships in London, which start on July 14. Carly competed for Great Britain at the Rio Olympics in the summer of 2016 after her employer the Co Op granted her paid leave to concentrate on achieving her goal.

Carly was a self-confessed coach potato who took up sport after being inspired by the London 2012 Game. She’s now helping to get her positive message across to schoolchildren and other organisations as  a Co Op ambassador – a role we’re assisting with.

Sport For Inclusion…

Sport For Inclusion...The EU and the Turkish Government are co-financing a project in South East Turkey which utilises the power of sport to bring communities together.  The work shows how sport can be used to achieve a range of educational and economic goals (www.sporla-basla.org).

The Sport Business director Paul Smith has been involved in the project since 2013 as a Senior Consultant. He has developed a number of practical programmes for young people which improve employability and communication skills.

“These programmes have now been delivered to more than 4,000 young people and more than 400 people have been trained as trainers.” said Team Leader Anders Lonnqvist. “Early results indicate that more than 30% of those on the employability workshop had secured a job within 6 months which is extremely encouraging”

Paul is working with the project team and the local stakeholders to develop a Sustainability Strategy for the project.  The work will be carried out throughout April and May and will be presented at the closing conference in Ankara.