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.”