The EFL Trust and Network Rail team up to tackle railway
EFL clubs are helping to reduce the numbers of young people injured or killed after trespassing on the railway through a series of sports and educational activities to divert young people away from the dangers of playing on the tracks.
The partnership between EFL Trust and Network Rail sees 10 clubs working with Network Rail’s community safety managers to boost awareness of railway safety. The initiative is a development of Network Rail’s Rail Life programme, which has successfully worked with schools and community groups to deliver safety messages in fun and engaging ways.
Tragically, 164 people lost their lives after going onto the tracks in the last five years. Of these, 70% were struck by trains with 18% suffering electrocution by coming into contact with the power supply which can be as much as 25,000 volts. The peak ages for trespass fatalities are late teens and earlier twenties, with around one in five deaths in this age group.
The partnership will see each club identify a player ambassador, who will take an active role in the project by attending sessions and acting as a role model. EFL Trust and Network Rail will also run small sided boys and girls football competitions with teams from each club in a national final.
Brighton & Hove Albion