Beat the Street winners miles ahead

17 December 2018

Prizes have been handed out to the top three schools and community groups with the highest total and average Beat the Street point scores.

In total 6,586 people played the game in Southwark and raked up 37,796 miles on foot, scooter or bike.

From September to the start of November Beat Boxes were distributed across the borough in across the borough in Peckham, Old Kent Road, Faraday and North Walworth where players could tap their key fobs to win points which were added to an online leaderboard.

Across both points categories, first place was awarded £300 worth of Decathlon vouchers to spend on sports and fitness equipment with second and third place awarded £200 and £100 worth of vouchers respectively.

Mayor of Southwark Catherine Rose and Cllr Richard Livingstone were on hand to present Beat the Street winners with their awards.

St Francis Catholic Primary School topped the leaderboard for both the total number of points they earned as well as average point score.  With an impressive 148,855 total point score St Francis primary received £300 worth of sports and exercise equipment donated by Decathlon.  The school also achieved an average score of 305 points, scooping them another £300 worth of equipment.

Michael Faraday Primary School took second place with a final total of 121,210 points and English Martyrs RC Primary School rounded out the top three schools with 103,435 points.

With an average score of 281 Highshore School for children with special education needs took second place and Michael Faraday Primary School took third place with an average of 269 points.

Community organisations were also awarded for their achievements as part of the game. Silverfit took the top spot in for both total and average points. The team amassed a total of 29,825 points and had a winning average of 1,656 points. Taking first place in both categories means that the group received £600 from Decathlon for sports equipment.

Good Together achieved second place on both leaderboards after they earned a total of 27,270 points and had a team average of 1,515 points.

Bedestars came in at third place on the total points leaderboard with 12,040 points and Southwark Green Party came in third place for average point score with 653 points.

Players are encouraged to keep hold of their Beat the Street cards and fobs as the scheme will continue to encourage residents to stay active through existing local events and initiatives in the coming months.

Cllr Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for transport, environment and air quality , said: “It was a pleasure to hand out the awards to the winning schools and community groups. It is fantastic to see such enthusiasm for the game and the commitment all these teams have shown.

“I hope that for all our residents Beat the Street has provided a foundation to build on so that daily activity becomes a regular part of your lifestyle and we are now working on ways to keep momentum going for the future.”

Claire Gillespie, deputy- headteacher at St Francis Catholic Primary School, said: “Winning Beat the Street has been fantastic! The children, their families and even staff were so enthusiastic about tapping the beat boxes throughout the competition - it's a shame that it has now come to an end!

“Our families loved attending the various events in local parks and were very eager to tap when double points were up for grabs! As a school, we are trying hard to encourage the children to walk to school, and this initiative definitely gave them the incentive!

“Looking at the children's results it's great to see how many miles they've walked. One child in our school scored 10,830 points and came first in Southwark. This has been a brilliant experience for us as a school. We look forward to playing again in the future!”

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