Huge plan for 'six-week outdoor game' across Sheffield this summer that could attract 50, 000 participants - here's how you can take part
A new fun challenge aims to get everyone out on the streets and open spaces of Sheffield.
Beat the Street Sheffield will take place from June 16 to July 28. Organisers hope to attract 50,000 participants.
The free, interactive challenge encourages people of all ages to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives by turning the city into a six-week game. Players take part in their family groups or support bubbles, so it has been approved by Public Health England as COVID safe.
Participants are encouraged to walk, cycle, run, wheel or scoot as far as possible with prizes of sports or book vouchers for the teams that clock up the highest number of miles.
Beat the Street Sheffield is brought to you by Move More and Sheffield City Council. It is delivered by Intelligent Health, with funding from the National Lottery and Sport England and local partners.
Players use a free card or fob which they hover over special sensors called Beat Boxes which will appear on lampposts around Sheffield, which are placed approximately half a mile apart. To record your score, you simply hover your card or fob over it. It will beep and flash and register your points.
Players can join a school or community team or you could help raise up to £500 for Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity by allocating your miles to the charity team.
Greg Fell, director of public health in Sheffield, said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to Sheffield. 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 just that in a safe and enjoyable way.
“Beat the Street is free and it’s open to everyone regardless of age, ability or background. It encourages you to get active from your front door so pick up a card and get playing!”
Keep an eye on social media for updates at @BTSSheffield or sign up for a newsletter at www.beatthestreet.me/sheffield