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Robins Foundation host event to raise awareness about the dangers of the railway

Bristol City Robins Foundation team up with Network Rail and The EFL Trust to raise awareness and educate youngsters on the hidden dangers posed by the railway.

Each year hundreds of young people take on the railway and lose. Research conducted by the British Transport police found that young audiences all too frequently do not consider the railway dangerous and recent years have seen a steep increase in the number of fatalities amongst young people caused by trespassing on the railway.

The dangers posed by the railway are not always clear and if you are not hit by an unexpected train you’ll be hit by the lethal current in the rails and power lines.

As part of the EFL and Network Rail’s ‘You Vs Train’ initiative, Bristol City Robins Foundation are bringing young people from some of the most deprived areas of the city together to learn about the potentially fatal dangers posed by the railway.

The youngsters are set to travel by rail from various locations around the city into Bristol’s main Temple Meads train station where they will meet the British Transport Police & Community Safety Manager to hear about the many dangers posed by the railway and the enormous emotional and physical consequences that these dangers can cause.

From here, the young people will then travel again by rail to Bedminster where they will take part in a small football tournament played on a pitch next to the railway, this serving as a reminder of the ever-present danger posed by the railway. The teams will be made up of a mixture of players from the different areas of Bristol, this using the power of football to help break down barriers and stereotypes. 

Chief executive Officer of Bristol City Robins Foundation, Dan White, commented; “We are pleased to be working with the EFL and Network Rail on the You Vs Train initiative as the statistics surrounding young people’s safety on the railway are really worrying.

“This event not only provides a great opportunity for us to raise awareness about the hidden dangers of the railway, but it also allows us to bring young people from across the city together and enables us to help break down social barriers and tackle stereotypes."

Director of Operations at The EFL Trust, Mike Evans, said, “Bringing about positive change in the community is at the very core of The EFL Trust’s values. Football can be an enormous force for good and have a profoundly positive impact on communities – so we are delighted to be helping to tackle this issue in areas where young people are particularly vulnerable.”

Research shows that there are spikes in the number of trespass incidents at key times throughout the year - one of which is across the summer holidays – and that trespassing is a persistent issue amongst boys aged 11 – 18 years old. The You Vs Train initiative aims to tackle this problem by raising awareness of the dangers of trespassing and changing attitudes towards it, which will in turn reduce the likelihood of future trespassing.

For more information about You Vs Train please click here.