Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation, in partnership with Network Rail and the Tackling Track Safety Project have been educating the young people of Darlington about the dangers of trespassing on the rail network.

Darlington has seen a sharp increase in the number of incidences of trespass on the Network over the past 12 months with Network Rail figures confirming that there has been an 11% increase in the number of reported incidents to last year.

The railway is always a busy and dangerous environment and with the modernisation of a lot of the network, the risk of injury is greater than ever before.

Alan Cawthorne has been coordinating the delivery on behalf of the Foundation and speaks highly of the organisation’s involvement with this project;

“Our coaches have been working tirelessly over the last couple of months delivering this vital education across schools in the Darlington area with a strategic plan to disrupt these increases in trespass.

“There are issues with trespass nationwide and we are now two years into delivering these safety messages in the Darlington area ensuring that all of the young people are learning in a fun and engaging environment.

“Through the power of football our coaches incorporate the messages into their activity sessions which ensures that all learning styles are engaged throughout.”

The delivery of the Tackling Track Safety Project across schools in Darlington – which also includes assembly delivery in high schools across the area – has seen 4,110 7-16-year olds educated about the dangers of the railway.

As the summer holidays are approaching, we would like to urge all members of the community but particularly young people to take care when they are near the railway network, including station areas.

We would also like to urge people to report any crime or incidences on the network via the British Transport Police text line anonymously by texting 61016.