Cheshunt Football Club are working closely with Network Rail and Manchester based company, PDF Sports LTD, to deliver vital safety education to children across Cheshunt as part of The Tackling Track Safety Project.

dscf32881The Tackling Track Safety Project was devised as an effective and fun way of delivering the important Rail Safety messages to children across the country by incorporating them into a sporting environment. The project consists of a Key Stage 2, 3 & 4 assembly which outlines the dangers of the railway and ways to ensure safety, followed by 4 activity sessions for children in year 5 which focus on the key messages about the Railway. The KS2 children all receive a Tackling Track Safety work booklet and over the duration of the project they are able to show what they have learnt during the activity sessions by answering multiple choice questions in their booklet.

The project is currently being rolled out in 10 schools that lie in close proximity to the line that runs through the area and will see the club’s community reach extended in the local area with over 3,500 young people set to take part in the programme throughout the rest of this academic year.

Club Chairman Dean Williamson speaking of the project said;

“There is a significant problem locally with people trespassing on the network in the area, particularly at level crossings.

“We are a community focused club and it is vitally important that we are proactive with this education in our community to ensure the safety of our youngsters.

“The Railway is an extremely dangerous environment and it simply isn’t worth risking your life trying to save a few seconds misusing a level crossing.

Philip Fitton, Tackling Track Safety Project Director commented;

“The TTSP is a fantastic project and this year over 50,000 young people nationally will be educated about the dangers of the Railway in a fun and engaging environment.

“We have been extremely impressed with the staff at the club and they have shown a real passion for what is a massively important topic.

We are excited about this partnership with Cheshunt, one which will have a significant impact on the lives of the local and wider community.”

If you see people committing crime on the railway you should report it to the British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or contact 999 in an emergency and ask for the Police. Your actions could save the lives of others.