Backtrack: create it, share it, save lives
There are many statistics associated with the country’s lockdown. One that worried many during the first months of the lockdown was that trespassing on Britain’s railways increased by 25%. With the prospect of a long summer ahead, we knew we had to try to reduce that figure. The Southeast CRP worked with three other CRPs to create Backtrack. Maddy Mills, the Southeast CRP’s Education Officer said ‘At our first Zoom meeting we were shocked by the increase in trespassing and the ‘room’ immediately said ‘We must do something about that’. In a matter of weeks, a national competition has been devised, prizes sponsored and backing received from across the rail industry.’
The competition was open to all 11-18 year olds across the UK and had six categories, with entrants being asked to make a video, write a song/rap, produce a storyboard or write a script which shares the anti-trespassing message. For each category, a GoPro Hero8 bundle was up for grabs. There were two key points that entrants must remember – the video must be made from the young person’s home or garden and must not show any violence!
‘We wanted young people to show off their creativity to get the message across to their peers that being on the tracks is potentially deadly. In order to spread the message to as many young people as possible, we suggested that young people (over 13 years old) share their video or song on social media and we had a category for the entry with the greatest social media impact!’ said Maddy.
The competition closed on 30th September 2020 but we plan to run this national competition every year. For a review of this year’s competition click here for the YouTube film. For more details about the 2021 competition please go to www.downtheline.org.uk/projects/backtrack. Follow us on FaceBook (Backtrack_Competition) and Twitter @backtrack_comp for the latest news.