Sport England’s National Lottery funding set to turn Trafford into a colossal playground

An exciting new physical activity game that has captured the interest of over a million people is all set to kick off in Trafford.

Beat the Street will be taking place in Trafford from the 28th of February to the 27th of March, thanks to funding from Trafford Council, TfGM, and a grant from Sport England.

This game encourages individuals of all ages to get outdoors and get moving. It transforms the borough into a real-life game, with special sensors known as Beat Boxes popping up on lampposts around Stretford and Old Trafford.

Before the game begins, primary school students from participating schools will receive cards, while parents and teachers will also be given cards to join in on the fun.

The wider community can obtain a free contactless card from designated distribution points listed on the Beat the Street website. Alternatively, participants aged 13 and above can opt to join via a mobile app, available for download on Google Play or the iOS App Store.

Players can join a school or community team, or even create their own team. They can then walk, cycle, or wheel between the Beat Boxes, which are spaced half a mile apart, tapping their cards along the way to score points based on the distance travelled.

Cllr Tom Ross, the leader of Trafford Council, expressed his enthusiasm for bringing Beat the Street to the area, highlighting the importance of physical activity for overall well-being. The game offers a fun and inclusive way for everyone to exercise and explore green spaces.

Beat the Street, founded by GP Dr William Bird MBE, has been successful in encouraging increased physical activity levels in both adults and children. It also helps alleviate congestion, improve air quality, and promote family time in green spaces.

Research shows that a significant number of people in England are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity, with many being classified as inactive. Beat the Street aims to address this issue and promote a healthier, more active lifestyle for all.

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