Beat the Street is returning to east London in an effort to change the nation’s health for the better.
The walking, running and cycling initiative will take place from Wednesday, June 8 to Wednesday, July 20 in Newham, Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Waltham Forest.
It was launched recently at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with the help of St Antony’s Junior School and Quwwat UI Islam Girls’ School.
Teacher and PE co-ordinator at St Antony’s Kieron Curran said: “We’re all excited about the countdown to the Beat the Street competition.
“The scheme fits in well with our physical activity ethos and also our travel scheme. Many of our staff and pupils want to walk more and it’s a great way of promoting physical activity beyond PE lessons.”
The competition will use more than 400 beat boxes located on lamp-posts approximately half a mile apart across the area.
Adult players must collect and register a Beat the Street card and join a team before tapping at least two of these Beat Boxes in an hour to score points.
Children will receive special fobs and a map and families will get an envelope called “parent/carer invitation to play”, which includes a Beat the Street card for one member to sign up and join the school team.
The whole family is invited to take part and last year’s cards may be used. Additional cards can be collected from distribution points across East London.
One adult a week will be selected and will win a £25 decathlon voucher, while children can win a goody bag.
There are also two leaderboards, total points and highest average points, and the top two teams on each leaderbaord for each borough will win £500 and £250 in decathlon vouchers.
Programme director for the National Charity Partnership Jenna Hall said: “We’re very excited about bringing the Beat the Street initiative back to East London.
“We heard so many amazing stories from people who got active and were inspired to follow a healthy lifestyle as a result of taking part last year.
“We want to give more people to opportunity to take part so whether you took part last year or it’s the first time you’ve heard of the project, you’re warmly invited to pick up a card and start clocking up those miles!”
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