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Beat the Street returns to Barnsley

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Posted 18th March 2021

Barnsley Council is happy to announce that Beat the Street is set to return this summer.

The popular physical activity game, commissioned by Barnsley Council, took the town by storm in the summer of 2019. More than 25,000 local residents of all ages walked, ran, cycled, scooted and wheeled 144,810 miles during the six-week game to win points and prizes.

This year Beat the Street will take place from Thursday 10 June to Thursday 22 July and organisers hope the game will be even bigger and better.

To get started, adult players just need a free card which can be collected from one of the distribution points listed on www.beatthestreet.me/barnsley closer to the start date of the game. Primary school pupils will receive a fob and player pack from their school.

Special sensors called Beat Boxes will be placed approximately half a mile apart on lampposts before the game. Players hover their cards over a Beat Box to start their journey, and for each Beat Box swiped within an hour, players score 10 points for their team. The sensors have been adapted to be COVID-19 safe, so no touching of the boxes is required, and further measures such as temporary pavement markings to help with social distancing have also been put in place. The game remains contactless and can be played in household groups or bubbles.

Many players in Barnsley said that the previous Beat the Street game 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.”

Half of the funding for Beat the Street Barnsley is provided by Barnsley Council, with Sport England funding the other half.

Cllr Jim Andrews, Cabinet Spokesperson for Public Health, said: “It’s a real pleasure to announce that we are commissioning Beat the Street for another year in Barnsley. After the game finished in 2019, we had lots of families getting in touch asking for it to come to Barnsley again, and we’re happy to do just that this year.

“We know that one of the best things people can do right now for their physical and mental health is to move more and to get out into green space where possible, and Beat the Street really helps people do that safely.

“It’s free to take part in Beat the Street and it’s open to everyone regardless of age, ability or background. It’s so important to encourage people to get active, but we really want to highlight our focus on safety which is our top priority.”

More information will be available closer to the launch date; please keep an eye out for updates on www.beatthestreet.me/barnsley or on social media @BTSBarnsley and @BarnsleyMoving.

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