Physical activity game Beat the Street is coming to Chesterfield

An innovative game that has already helped more than one million people get active is on its way to Chesterfield next month.

Thursday, 2nd January 2020, 8:38 am
Updated Wednesday, 8th January 2020, 11:52 pm
The game has already been successful in other parts of the country
The game has already been successful in other parts of the country

Beat the Street is a free, interactive game that encourages people of all ages to leave the car at home and see how far they can walk, cycle, scoot or run during the six-week game.

The game is open to anyone of any age and there are prizes for the teams and individuals who travel the furthest.

It will be coming to Chesterfield from Wednesday, February 26, to Wednesday, April 8.

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Beeping and flashing sensors called Beat Boxes will be placed on lampposts across the borough.

Prior to the game, primary school pupils will be provided with fobs while parents and teachers will receive a card from the school so they can accompany children.

The wider community can pick up a contactless card from a distribution point.

Players then walk or cycle between the 120 Beat Boxes which are spaced half a mile apart, tapping the fobs or cards as they go. The further players travel, the more points they score.

Chesterfield residents are also encouraged to enter workplaces, community groups and sports groups into the game.

The game was devised by GP Dr William Bird MBE in 2010 to get communities active and to make physical activity accessible to everyone.

Beat the Street Chesterfield is funded as part of a £3.3 million National Lottery funding grant from Sport England. It is supported by Chesterfield Borough Council and delivered by Intelligent Health.

Coun Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to Chesterfield and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the challenge.

“The idea of the game is to encourage people to get more active and then to continue these new healthy lifestyle habits beyond the end of the game.

“It’s open to everyone, so please keep an eye out for more information including where you can pick up a free card.”

More information is available at www.beatthestreet.me/chesterfield.