Beat the Street East Renfrewshire features on BBC Scotland’s Out of Doors programme

The Beat the Street East Renfrewshire physical activity game featured on BBC Radio Scotland’s Out of Doors programme last week.

The Saturday morning radio favourite showcases the best of Scotland’s outdoor scene, and journalist Mark Stephen travelled to Uplawmoor Primary School to try out the game.

On a wet Monday morning, he met stakeholders from East Renfrewshire Council, Path’s for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places campaign, and of course, children from the primary school who were hugely eloquent and passionate about the game, explaining how it works, and its long-term impact.

Beat the Street is designed to get communities moving by helping people to make small changes, such as walking or cycling to school every day, to improve health and help embed physical activity into everyday life.

So far more than 1.5 million people and 4,000 schools have taken part in games across the UK and beyond. East Renfrewshire residents are seasoned Beat the Street participants and will be familiar with the game as it has previously been played in Barrhead and Newton Mearns in 2019 when 6,942 people played and walked, cycled and wheeled 62,063 miles. It also took place across the whole of the East Renfrewshire area in 2020 when participants clocked up an amazing 69,679 miles.

The Beat the Street game has proved immensely popular across Scotland, ranging from cities to rural areas. It has been played in locations such as North Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Forth and Clyde, with its broad range of aims — not only does it encourage local residents to consider leaving the car at home and to embrace active travel such as walking, cycling and wheeling, but also helps people explore the local area, particularly the green spaces on the doorstep and helps adults and children with both mental and physical health.

Beat the Street East Renfrewshire took place across Barrhead, Newton Mearns & Neilston over four weeks in March and was commissioned by East Renfrewshire Council with support from Paths for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme and Scotland’s Towns Partnership’s Scotland Loves Local Fund. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

 

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