The Beat the Street physical activity game is coming to Islington!

 

St Joseph’s Primary pupils India, Sadie, Nyla and Bethany get ready to play Beat the Street Islington with engagement co-ordinator Lulu Gibson-Bolton

 

The popular Beat the Street physical activity game is set to launch in Islington in March.

 

Beat the Street Islington is set to take place from Wednesday, 23rd March to Wednesday, 4th May. It is free to take part and open to anyone of any age or ability. Prior to the start of the game, children at participating primary schools will be given a player pack and two cards (one for an accompanying adult). The wider community can pick up a free card and maps from one of the distribution points listed on the Beat the Street Islington website which will go live shortly.

Once the game begins on 23rd March, players join teams and then can score points by walking, cycling and rolling as far as possible between the 80 special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ that will be placed around the area. Check out the online or printed map to find your nearest Beat Box and hover your card or fob over it to register the journey. Then walk, cycle or wheel to the next nearest Beat Box within an hour to score 10 points. Then keep going!

There are prizes worth hundreds of pounds in sports equipment or book vouchers for the school, community and charity teams that walk, cycle and roll the furthest, and there are lots of opportunities to win lucky prizes throughout the six-week competition.

Beat the Street Islington has been commissioned by Islington Council with support from the National Lottery via Sport England. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor Rowena Champion, Executive Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We’re committed to making Islington a cleaner, greener, healthier place for all, free from air pollution and road danger, with streets that everyone can use and enjoy.

“Encouraging local people to travel around our borough by walking, wheeling and cycling is a really important part of this, and that’s why we’ve helped bring the exciting Beat the Street initiative to Islington.

“Beat the Street is part of a package of measures designed to open up our streets as a place to socialise, exercise and play, while enabling local people to enjoy the physical and mental health benefits of active travel.

“Whether it’s our leading programme of School Streets cutting congestion at the school gate, our commitment to greening the borough with thousands of new trees, or our work to make Islington’s pavements and footways more open and accessible, we’re determined make our streets places that everyone can use and enjoy while reducing pollution and tackling the climate crisis.

“Beat the Street provides a brilliant incentive to walk, wheel and cycle around the borough while seeing everything Islington has to offer. The game is open to all, so pick up a card, join a team and get tapping!”

Jonathan O’Sullivan, Director of Public Health at Islington Council, said: “Beat the Street is a fun way to do two things that are good for your health and wellbeing – being physically active and getting out and about and exploring green spaces! The game is free of charge, open to everyone regardless of age, ability or background. We hope lots of people will get to enjoy Beat the Street when it kicks off on March 23rd.”

More information will be shortly available at www.beatthestreet.me/islington and on social media at @BTSIslington

 

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