The Scottish FA and Network Rail worked together over the past few weeks to keep hundreds of children across the nation entertained over the Easter holidays.

The partnership saw them deliver football camps over the Easter school holidays, allowing young people across Scotland to participate in football, as well as receiving important education about rail safety.

Working alongside local authorities, the football camps were run by Scottish FA development officers and local community clubs across Scotland.

Previous camps have proved a huge success since the partnership was launched in July 2018, with well over 5,000 young people partaking in more than 1,000 hours of physical activity in camps in summer 2018.

Warriors in the Community, a community and education partnership run by Stenhousemuir FC, welcomed 1,075 young people to their Network Rail-funded camps alone.

As well as providing young people with physical activity in the school holidays, the camps helped to ensure their safety and wellbeing around railways.

At the beginning of each five-day course each participant was asked six questions about railway safety, which were subsequently repeated at the end of the camp.

During each five-day camp, participants were exposed to facts and figures about railways, through safety facts that are incorporated into football drills.

All facts taught to the children were related to football, such as the fastest trains travelling at an average of 125 mph – some 45mph faster than the official world record for the fastest free kick ever taken.

Following last summer’s camps there was a 268 percent increase recorded in railway safety knowledge, proving that young people left the camps with a broader knowledge of how to be safe near the tracks.