Football girls play it safe

3 June 2013

Man Heading a Football --- Image by © Royalty-Free/CorbisSchoolgirl footballers from three Port Talbot comprehensives will compete in a Swansea tournament tomorrow (Tuesday, June 4).

Lining up amongst the teams in the inaugural girls’ girls’ Railway Safety Cup will be teams from Dyffryn, Glan Afan and Sandfields.

The 5-a-side tournament, organised by British Transport Police (BTP) and Network Rail, sees schools teams from , Neath Port Talbot, Cardiff, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and Swansea battle it out.

During the tournament, supported by the Football Association of Wales and Brecon Carreg, each team of Year 8 pupils will receive a safety presentation from police community support officers.


Wales Women’s team manager Jarmo Matikainen will be on hand to offer advice and encouragement, and to hand out the trophies.

Inspector Mike Edwards, in charge of BTP’s Welsh Neighbourhood Policing Teams, said: “The boys Railway Safety Cup is in its fourth year and the response from schools has been outstanding.

“As a result of the tournament’s growing success, we were delighted to be able to further expand this year by staging a regional event for boys in North Wales and, for the very first time, a girls’ tournament in South Wales.


“Not only does the tournament allow pupils to take part in the football competition, it also gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of safety within the railway environment and the inherent dangers of trespass.

“The continued support of schools across the area reflects the positive engagement our Neighbourhood Policing Teams have in their respective communities.”

Tracey Young, Network Rail community safety manager, said: “Boredom is often a big factor in kids’ decisions to mess around on the railway, putting their lives and the lives of others at risk.

“This event shows them that there are more positive ways to spend their time.”


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