A Kent-based semi-professional football club has been making use of a purpose built road safety experience centre to teach the club’s players about the importance of staying safe at the wheel.
Players from Maidstone United’s first team followed in the footsteps of the club’s Academy by visiting the Kent & Medway Road Safety Experience earlier this week.
The centre, located in Rochester and described as the ‘first purpose built, interactive centre of its kind in the UK’, uses a combination of ‘powerful’ stories, interactive experiences and information from road safety experts.
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Launched in June 2016, the centre is designed to encourage young people to look at the potential consequences of a road crash from all perspectives – for themselves, their passengers, other drivers and their families.
Primarily aimed at 14 to 25 year olds, the experience, built and run by Kent Fire & Rescue Service, provides supervised education visits for up to 90 young people a day. It is free to all schools, colleges and groups in Kent and Medway.
Jay Saunders, Maidstone United manager, said: “I went with club’s Academy a few weeks ago, spoke to the first team about it and they were really keen to visit.
“The experience is a real eye-opener and we would encourage headteachers and other groups to make time for it. It’s an outstanding facility with excellent staff, free for 14 to 24 year olds to visit and will have an impact on all those who go.”
Alan Faulkner, Kent Fire & Rescue Service’s road safety manager, said: "It was great to welcome Maidstone United’s first team to the centre and hopefully their visit will encourage others to come along too and find out how to keep themselves and others safe on the roads.”