A popular physical activity game that has been played several times in the area is returning – and this time it will be taking place in Paisley for the first time!

A previous Beat the Street game

Beat the Street is a real-life physical activity game that aims to get whole communities moving together by making exercise into a fun competition where participants of all ages can win points and prizes for taking part.

Beat the Street has already successfully been played in Glasgow, Falkirk, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire, and Renfrewshire. Now Paisley residents can join in the fun with a game that takes place from Wednesday, 31st August to Wednesday, 12th October.

Prior to the game, residents will see special sensors called Beat Boxes appearing on lampposts around these areas. Once the game starts, players will hover their card over the Beat Box to start their journey, before walking, cycling or wheeling to the next one to score points. There will be 69 Beat Boxes placed around the town and players can then clock up active travel miles for their team.

The game is free and open to anyone of any age.  Primary school children will be provided with cards and maps via their school and the wider community is invited to collect a free card from a distribution point listed at www.beatthestreet.me/paisley

Players can join a school team, a workplace team, charity team or community and the further that participants walk, cycle or wheel, the more points they will win for their team. The teams that top the leaderboards will be in with a chance of winning vouchers for books and sports equipment at the end of the six-week game, with prizes for average points too, so smaller teams are also in with a chance of winning prizes.


Councillor Michelle Campbell, Convener for the Economy and Regeneration Policy Board at Renfrewshire Council, said: “Beat the Street has been played several times around the area, but this is the first time it’s been played in Paisley!


“We’re delighted to have been able to bring the competition to the town and look forward to seeing how far everyone can walk, cycle, and wheel in the six-week game.

“Previous games nearby have shown that Beat the Street is a great way of getting children, families and our communities active. Not only that, but the game enables the community to lower its carbon footprint and also brings the community together which in turn improves wellbeing, increases feelings of safety and reduces isolation.”

Beat the Street Paisley has been commissioned by Renfrewshire Council with support from Paths for All’s Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme. It is being delivered by Intelligent Health.

The game was created by Dr William Bird MBE to help tackle the UK’s low levels of activity, to help people incorporate healthy habits into their daily lives, as well also improving air pollution, increasing active travel and reducing congestion.

For more information on how to play, prizes and where to pick up a free card and map, click onto www.beatthestreet.me/paisley or search for @BTSPaisley on social media.


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