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Beat The Street - New game for West Dorset

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8:02am 22nd September 2018

Weymouth and Portland will be transformed into a giant game this Autumn.

Thousands of residents will be competing to see if their school, community or business can walk, run or cycle the furthest.

It runs from Wednesday October 3rd through to Wednesday November 14 and BEAT THE STREET is a free challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their area on foot or bicycle.

Dozens of special sensors called "Beat Boxes" will appear across Weymouth and Portland. Players tap the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn point for themselves and their team - the more Beat Boxes people swipe the more points they earn.

Schools and community groups across Weymouth and Portland will be competing to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes.

Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community is invited to create their own teams.

In addition, registered players can also win "lucky tap" prizes for playing along - including sports and fitness vouchers and experience days.

The game is delivered by Intelligent Health and is one of 59 Beat the Street games that will be set up across the South West and East Midlands using a new £3.3 million National Lottery funding grant from Sport England. The Dorset games have received further funding from Dorset County Council.

Mike Diaper, Executive Director of Sport England, said,

"Beat the Street has already helped thousands of people get more active and Sport England is delighted to be investing £3.3 million of National Lottery funding to help launch a further 59 Beat the Street Games at towns and cities around the country.

By getting people outside socialising and exploring their local area, Beat the Street makes being active fun no matter how fit you are. It's just the kind of innovative project Sport England is proud to work with as part of its strategy Towards An Active Nation."

Councillor Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council's Leader and Chairman of Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board, said;

"We are incredibly excited to bringing Beat the Street to the area and can't wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the six week challenge

"Anyone is able to get involved in Beat the Street - it's completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving."

To find out more visit www.beatthestreet.me/weymouthportland and email weymouthportland@beatthestreet.me

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