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Fun game encourages exploring the outdoors



Fun game encourages exploring the outdoors

People are being invited to take part in an exciting physical activity game launching this month.

Beat the Street Eastbourne will take place from 16 September to 4 November, coinciding with the launch of  Eastbourne Walking Festival that starts on 18 September. (Please note at the time of going to press, Beat the Street is going ahead but please check the Walking Festival website closer to the date to ensure that it’s still going ahead due to the updated guidelines)

It’s a free interactive game that encourages people of all ages to move more and to get active.

Beeping and flashing sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will be placed on lampposts around the town for the duration of the game to help participants explore the local area and all it has to offer and develop the habit of regular exercise.

Primary school pupils will be provided with fobs while parents and teachers will receive a card from the school so they can accompany children, or take part on their own. The wider community can pick up a contactless card from one of the distribution points which are listed on the website at www.beatthestreet.me/eastbourne

Players then walk, roll, scoot, cycle or run between the 80 Beat Boxes which are spaced half a mile apart – hovering their fobs or cards over the Beat Boxes to score points. The further players travel, the more points they score for their community or school team. The first Beat Box you hover your card over marks the start of your journey.  Walk, cycle, roll, run or scoot to the next one and you score 10 points for each subsequent Beat Box.

Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by the National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, Eastbourne Borough Council, East Sussex County Council Public Health, South Downs National Park and eDEAL.

Kate Drake, Health and Wellbeing Lead at South Downs National Park added: “As we mark the tenth anniversary of becoming a national park, we’re delighted to see Beat the Street return to the area as it supports our vision of ensuring that this beautiful area is available for everyone to enjoy.”