The runaway leaders in Middlesbrough’s Beat the Street competition are loving the chance to get outdoors and stay active.
Acklam Whin Primary School have stormed into a commanding lead after the first week of the free game that encourages families to walk, cycle or run.
The school has amassed over 88,000 points from its 530 registered players after Beat the Street launched on September 29.
PE lead Matthew Jackson says pupils are “buzzing” with the game and already don’t want it to end.
Team and individual prizes are on offer for players who pick up points for completing journeys between beat boxes attached to lampposts around the town.
Game packs and maps have been handed out to schools and can also be collected from community hubs.
Mr Jackson said Acklam Whin families were familiar with the concept after the school devised its own ‘lockdown lampposts’ game when schools were mainly closed due to Covid.
He said: “We’ve been blown away by how much the school community has bought into the challenge.
“The children enjoy the competitive element and it’s something that the whole school can get involved in.
“The community feel is what our school is all about and there’s a really strong PE culture here.”
Acklam Whin have been arranging whole year group walks to encourage exercise and Mr Jackson says local residents have commented on how positive it is to see young people out stretching their legs in the fresh air.
“It’s brilliant for us to be out together as a group again,” he said.
“The children have been buzzing checking in for their points and being out in the fresh air helps children get ready to work.”
Mr Jackson isn’t getting too far ahead of himself, joking that like a football manager he’ll just take things step by step.
He does have his eye on the 100,000 points target next, however…
Beat the Street is led locally by Middlesbrough Council, with funding from the National Lottery via Sport England. It is delivered by Intelligent Health.
The game continues in Middlesbrough until November 10.
Visit the Beat the Street website for more information.