Players from Maidstone United's first team visited the Kent & Medway Road Safety Experience this week to find out about the first purpose built, interactive centre of its kind in the UK.
The centre, which is based in Rochester, uses powerful stories, interactive experiences and information from road safety experts. The aim is to encourage young people to look at the potential consequences of a road crashes from all perspectives – for themselves, their passengers, other drivers and their families.
Predominantly aimed at 14 to 25 year olds, the experience, built and run by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS), 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.
First team manager Jay Saunders 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.”
KFRS's road safety crew manager Alan Faulkner 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.
Schools and youth groups can find out more about the Kent & Medway Road Safety Experience and book their visit online.