Beat the Street is coming to Leicester!
Beat the Street Leicester is set to take place across the whole city from Wednesday, 26th May to 7th July. The game has previously been twice played in Blaby district and also has taken place in the west and north west of the city in 2019, but this time will take place across the whole of Leicester.
Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by the National Lottery on behalf of Sport England, Leicester City Council, and the Canal and River Trust.
Cllr Vi Dempster, Leicester City Council assistant city mayor and lead member for health added: “We know that the past year has been difficult for the whole of the UK, but the people of Leicester really have had a tough year under lockdown. The Beat the Street game is a really positive initiative that will enable people to get outdoors and exercising safely together. Exercise and socialising (at a distance) has proven benefits not only for physical health but for mental health and wellbeing too.”
Prof Ivan Browne, Leicester’s director of Public Health said: “Parts of Leicester have previously played Beat the Street and it has had a remarkable impact on activity levels, congestion and air quality.
“The COVID pandemic has shown how important it is to ensure that we adopt healthy lifestyle habits around incorporating physical activity into our days and trying to travel in more active ways by walking or cycling. The game rewards people for exploring the local area on foot or by bike and is provides a safe way of helping people get outdoors. As the national roadmap seeks to ease us out of restrictive living we want to help people in the city to gradually increase their activity levels and reacquaint themselves with their surroundings in a safe and enjoyable way.”
Phil Mulligan, regional director for the Canal & River Trust, said: “We’re pleased to be supporting Beat the Street Leicester as it’s a fun and inclusive way of encouraging local people to explore their green and blue spaces.
“With ever increasing rates of obesity, stress and declining mental health in the UK, we are uniquely placed to make a significant contribution to improving the wellbeing of millions of people. Our canals and rivers run through some of the most heavily populated communities in Leicester, providing accessible waterways where it’s needed the most.”
“Our research shows that spending time by water, whether it’s on a lunchbreak, daily commute or just a weekend stroll, really can make us feel happier and healthier.”
For more details on how to take part, please visit www.beatthestreet.me/leicester or search for BTS Leicester on social media.