Reading Football Club continue to be part of a nationwide project that is helping to educate and raise awareness of the dangers of the railway network to young people.
And as lockdown restrictions ease, we Reading Football Club's Community trust want our supporters, friends and families to stay safe by staying off the tracks. Everyone loses when you step on the track.
Alarming statistics have been recorded of people taking risks on the railway – taking short-cuts, capturing photos and even ‘train surfing’ – sometimes with tragic consequences. Young people (Under-18s) make up one of the largest categories, responsible for a third of all cases.
The ‘You vs. Train’ campaign launched by the rail industry and British Transport Police saw incidents involving children reduce by 12% in its first year, but this vulnerable group continue to be at high risk. The EFL Trust & StreetGames have helped to further drive the rail safety message directly to this hard-to-reach group.
At the heart of the issue is a lack of understanding and awareness of the risks. Research undertaken amongst teenagers found that, while most are aware that the railway is a dangerous place, most of them don’t realise quite how dangerous it is or the specific dangers they face when they step on the track.
A short animation has been produced and will be shared across a number of clubs' social media streams to remind young fans of the importance of keeping safe on the railway.
For more information on the campaign and to see the animated video, visit www.YouVsTrain.co.uk.