Beat the Street Swindon invites you to go active

By Josh Tomes - 14 October 2021

Health

Nearly 29,000 people playing the Beat the Street Swindon physical activity game as it enters its Go Active week - players have reached the moon!

On Wednesday, 13 October, the Beat the Street challenge took place in Swindon as it entered its Go Active themes week. This is done to encourage participants to find new activites and sports to try out.

The idea is that people will find something that they might not have tried before to help them continue being active after the Beat the Street competition finishes at the end of October, and to explore the sports and leisure options on offer.

There are bonus points available at parkrun and junior parkrun events this weekend at Lydiard Park and Seven Fields, plus Beat the Street Swindon players are invited to join free health walks from Haydon Centre.

Nearly 29,000 people have signed up to play the Beat the Street Swindon game this year and have together walked, cycled, wheeled, run and scooted an incredible 244,000 miles so far in the competition.

Anyone of any age is invited to take part and you can still get involved now by picking up a card from one of the distribution points on www.beatthestreet.me/swindon. You can join an existing school, community group or workplace team or you can set up your own. Alternatively, you can join the charity teams Jessie May and the Harbour Project.

Teams including schools, community groups and workplaces have been battling it out across the average and total points leaderboards to take home prizes of vouchers for books if they top the leaderboard. There are also prizes for individuals and ‘lucky spot’ prizes just for taking part.

Haydonleigh Primary School once again leads the total points leaderboard while Centurion Wolf Explorers leads the average points leaderboard.

Beat the Street is brought to you by Swindon Borough Council working in partnership with Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and Swindon Healthy Schools. It is delivered by Intelligent Health.

Councillor Brian Ford, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults and Health said: “The aim of Beat the Street is to encourage communities to become more active and to encourage residents to incorporate healthy habits into their lives.

“The Go Active-themed week is a celebration of all the ways you can get moving in and around the area, and a great opportunity to try out something new without any pressure.”

For more information - www.beatthestreet.me/swindon or follow on social media @BTSSwindon

To find out other ways you can stay active and reduce your impact on the environment, visit the Be the Change webpages: www.swindon.gov.uk/bethechange

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