Pupils encouraged to exercise through new interactive fitness game

Hundreds of pupils will clock up active travel miles to earn points for their school as part of the Beat The Street initiative.

School pupils are being encouraged to keep physically active as part of a new interactive fitness game in Falkirk.

Hundreds of children across eight primary schools have signed up to Beat The Street, which aims to get the community active by encouraging them to walk, cycle and wheel around their local area.

Pupils will take part in a friendly competition to see which school can clock the most miles and be crowned the fittest in north Falkirk.

One pupil told STV News: “You need to put yourself out there – if you’re indoors playing games all the time you won’t make new friends. It’s important to be fit and healthy.”

Another added: “I definitely feel a lot more energetic now I’m more active.”

Participants will swipe their cards at Beatbox sensors stationed around the local area to log points

Bainsford Primary School received funding through Paths for All’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places programme to deliver the game.

Participants are given cards to swipe at specially fitted Beatbox sensors in town to earn points, which logs the distance covered.

Headteacher Susanne McCafferty said: “We’re encouraging families to get out and about, use other modes of transport rather than car and be more active.

“We’re trying to get people outdoors and to keep healthy.”

Intelligent Health marketing director Katherine Knight added: “It’s about small changes to daily behaviour. Schools will be competing in this fun challenge to try and get points as they walk and cycle around town.

The Beat The Street challenge is running in Falkirk until June 14.

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