Thursday 31 Aug 2006


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No Messin’ Live! – a free two-day event packed full of activities for 10- to 16-year olds – hit Enfield’s Southbury Leisure Centre, 31 August. The event is one in a series of 10 events taking place during the summer holidays, and forms part of Network Rail’s national campaign to reduce death and injury on the railway by giving young people ideas about positive ways to spend their time.  In the past year, almost 50 people were killed and hundreds more were injured either crossing the tracks, taking short cuts, messing around or playing chicken, and Enfield is a hotspot for this kind of activity. This year alone there have already been 15 different incidents of young people involved in these activities, a couple with fatal consequences. The young people who attended the event today had the chance to try out a range of activities in three zones – sport, gaming and music – including football, DJ-ing, urban dance, a climbing wall and a surf simulator. Various organisations are providing sports coaches for the two days and will be hoping to recruit young people to carry on with their new hobby once the tour has moved on. Local radio, sports clubs and TV dropped into Enfield Southbury Leisure Centre, to support the campaign which is also backed by boxing hero Amir Khan, DJ Dave VJ, and athlete Roger Black. Launching the No Messin’ Live campaign earlier this year, Amir Khan said: “There’s no excuse for mucking about on train tracks. You may think you’re clever and fast but a train is quicker and what’s clever about getting yourself killed?  No Messin’ Live! is a great way of finding a better way to spend your time, whether it’s trying out new sports, like boxing, or skills such as mixing and have a laugh with your mates too.” Network Rail’s Route Director Jon Wiseman said “The young people who use the railway as a playground do so because they think they’ve got nothing else to do.  We’re visiting Enfield because it’s a known hotspot for trespassing and vandalism on the railways. “Network Rail is committed to preventing pointless tragedies and No Messin’ Live! aims to  show the young people who live here that there is a range of activities available to them, like sport, gaming and music, which – unlike playing on the railway – don’t involve the risk of injury, disfigurement and death.” The No Messin’ Live! campaign isn’t just for the holidays.  Network Rail is already working with local youth clubs and community groups in Enfield and will leave something tangible behind that young people can continue to use after the tour has moved on. As the tour is in town for two days, anyone aged 10 to 16 who didn’t make it down on day one is welcome to come along and join in the fun on day two.  The event runs from 10am-5pm at Southbury Leisure Centre, 192 Southbury Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN1 1YQ.

Notes to editors

No Messin’ Live! is a campaign by Network Rail, which is also being supported by Reebok, npower, RFU, BWA (British Wrestling Federation) and Dell. There are 10 No Messin’ Live! Events this summer: Edinburgh – Drummond Community High School – 6 and 7 July Glasgow – Scotstoun Leisure Centre – 10 and 11 July Cardiff – Eastern Leisure Centre – 25 and 26 July Rochdale – Hopwood Hall College – 31 July and 1 August Crawley – HBG Fitness at Oriel High School – 3 and 4 August Wolverhampton – Aldersley Leisure Village – 8 and 9 August Stockton – Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre – 14 and 15 August Manchester – Manchester Tennis Centre – Sportscity Wandsworth – Battersea Technology College – 24 and 25 August Enfield – Southby Leisure Centre – 31 August and 1 September

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