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Beat the Street to return to Barnsley

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Posted 9th March 2020

The popular Beat the Street game that took place in Barnsley in 2019 is set to return!

The game got more than 25,000 people moving and helped to improve activity levels for adults and children across the borough. It’s now returning to Barnsley from Friday 5 June to Friday 17 July and organisers are challenging the town to see if they can go even further this time.

More than 25,000 people walked, ran and wheeled 144,810 miles during the game from Wednesday 5 June to Wednesday 17 July 2019. The initiative saw special sensors called Beat Boxes placed on lampposts around the borough; participants walked, cycled, scooted and ran between these sensors to score points for their school or workplace teams.

Many players said that Beat the Street had helped encourage them to walk or scoot more often, visit new places and spend more time with their friends and family. Feedback included comments such as: “It made me go out on my scooter more and helped me to read a map! I enjoyed the fresh air more and I noticed things that I never knew were there like allotments and animals. Just loved Beat the Street and I hope it comes back next year. I also enjoyed walking and scooting around different other villages”. Another resident said: “It helped me find new places and have fun while exercising. It also helped to meet new people and chat about the game while out and about.”

The game is funded by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and The National Lottery on behalf of Sport England. Barnsley Council’s Sport and Active Recreation Team are working alongside Intelligent Health to organise the game.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Barnsley Council Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “We’ve been delighted at the increased levels of physical activity and the legacy left by Beat the Street and we are pleased to be bringing the game back to Barnsley.

“The game really was the talk of the town last time and we’d love to see more people get involved this time. Pick up a card and see how far you can travel!”

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