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09 Jul 2021

Get ready to Beat the Street once again this summer

There are less than two weeks to go before the popular physical activity game Beat the Street returns to Wolverhampton.

The walking, running and rolling challenge will take place across the city from Tuesday 20 July to Tuesday 17 August, encouraging friends and families to get active together.

Work is now underway to install over 200 accessible Beat Boxes in locations around the city, which players will use to score points as they travel as far as possible on foot, bike, stakeboard, scooter or in a wheelchair or pushchair around the game area.  Players will simply need to hover their Beat the Street game cards over a Beat Box to start their journey, and can score points for their team for each Beat Box they swipe in the next 60 minutes.

The game forms a key part of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Yo! Summer Festival, which will offer hundreds of events across the city, many free of charge, to keep children, young people and their families active and entertained throughout the school holidays.

Every primary-aged child will receive a Beat the Street game pack, through school, in the coming days so they can join in the fun. The packs include a game card, wall chart and stickers and a set of fun challenges to try each week. Parents will receive game cards so they can play along, too. Meanwhile, everyone else can take part by collecting a free game card from one of the 20 distribution points listed at www.beatthestreet.me/wolverhampton.

Councillor Beverley Momenabadi, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said:

Beat the Street is a great chance for friends and family to get out and about and explore their city during the summer holidays. Anyone can take part, regardless of age and ability – and the best thing of all is that it’s free, so please grab your game cards and get tapping!”

Gary Gentle, Headteacher at Bilston C of E Primary School, said:

Our pupils are really excited about the return of Beat the Street this summer. It’s a exciting way for families to stay active over the holidays and we’re encouraging them all to join in the fun.”

This year’s game will be split into themed weeks, Go Play, Go Active, Go Wild and Go Explore, to help players make the most of their game experience, and once again schools, communities and workplaces will be able to win prizes for the further they travel. Alternatively, players will be able to give their points to a local charity to help them get a cash donation.

Beat the Street is delivered by Intelligent Health with funding from the National Lottery via Sport England and forms a key part of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Yo! Summer Festival, which will offer hundreds of events across the city, many free of charge, to keep children, young people and their families active and entertained throughout the school holidays.

For more information about where to collect your free Beat the Street card and how to play, visit www.beatthestreet.me/wolverhampton or follow @BTSWolves on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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