Beat the Street is an innovative, fun, free programme that will get thousands of people moving across Waterford between 13 September and 1 November 2017.
This walking and cycling initiative gets people moving by turning a town or area into a giant game. Beeping and flashing sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will be placed across Waterford, Dungarvan, Kilmacthomas and along the Waterford Greenway which can be tapped with cards and fobs to score points and win prizes.
Beat the Street is designed to inspire people to make small changes, such as walking or cycling to school every day, to improve their health. In 2016, 865 schools played the game and more than 300,000 people took part across the UK. Waterford is one of three areas that are piloting the initiative for the first time in the Republic of Ireland, the others being Limerick and Dublin.
As well as major health benefits, participating in an activity such as Beat the Street each day has been shown to dramatically improve concentration levels of children in class. Further benefits to the school can be seen with reduced traffic congestion at the start and end of the day.
Beat the Street is also a fantastic opportunity to bring out the competitive spirit in your school and community. Teams can be created for each school or sports club or community group to compete against each other to see who can go the furthest distance! There will be hundreds of euros worth of prizes handed out and the chance to see which team can climb to the top of the leader boards and be crowned winner of the competition!
If you would like to find out more about Beat the Street or get your school, group or club involved then please register your interest in the project by emailing Eimear.Cusack@intelligenthealth.co.uk
Beat the Street Waterford is being delivered by Intelligent Health with support from Waterford Sports Partnership and is funded by Sport Ireland, Healthy Ireland, Dormant Accounts and Waterford City & County Council.
Article Modified: December 14, 2018 11:43 am