The SFA and Network Rail have teamed up to help children from across Scotland.


The Scottish FA has signed a new agreement with Network Rail which will invest into football clubs across Scotland to promote rail safety messages.



The two organisations joined forces for a third year to provide resources to clubs, enabling football to take place alongside the delivery of educational messages to young people about the dangers associated with railway lines.



Over the course of the next 12 months the initiative will engage with more than 10,000 young people through a wide range of football clubs – the length and breadth of the country.


Phase one of the project will begin this month when 44 clubs will receive funding to pay for a minimum of five training sessions. Clubs will be selected based on location.


At each session they will promote a key educational message to young people, with the aim of increasing their understanding of rail safety and the risks associated with issues such as trespassing and anti-social behaviour.



Mark Henderson, senior community engagement manager for Network Rail, said: “Not only can we help young people improve their skills, we can also deliver an important safety message in a fun way.


“The railway can be a very dangerous environment – trains take a long time to stop and anyone struck by one will suffer life-changing injuries or worse.”