East Northamptonshire turned into a giant game in spring, with more than 8,262 residents tapping ‘beat boxes’ around the district clocking up 73,373 miles travelling the distance of around the world nearly three times.
More than 11 community teams entered the game, delivered by East Northamptonshire Council, Freedom Leisure and Intelligent Health, with three teams receiving prizes for their efforts.
Rushden Walking for Health Group scooped the accolade of second place but decided that the £200 decathlon voucher could benefit more people if they donated this prize to the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership.
The partnership is delivered by Northamptonshire Sport and works with schools across the area to enhance the quality and range of sporting opportunities available for young people.
Ed Reeves, School Sport Manager for Northamptonshire Sport and managing the Wellingborough and East Northants School Sport Partnership (WAEN SSP), said “I am delighted to have accepted a £200 voucher.
“Working very closely with the Rushden and Higham schools, I will be purchasing equipment with the voucher that will educate and enhance the sporting/physical activity experience of many children within the local schools.
“My sincere thanks go to all the walking group members for their hard work and for their very kind donation to Northamptonshire Sport and WAEN SSP.”
Rushden Walking for Health meet every Friday at Rushden Hall Park at 10:00am by the flagpole – everyone is welcome. The Walk is free and refreshments are available at the Hall afterwards.
Terry McEwen and Harry Wise from Rushden Walking for Health Group said: “We really enjoyed taking part in Beat the Street and were delighted to finish in the top place. We encourage everyone to be more active and we are very pleased to be able to donate the vouchers to the local School Sports partnership as we know that they will put the vouchers to good use, helping local children to be active and encouraging them to take part in a variety of sports.”
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “A number of fantastic community groups took part in the Beat the Street game, pounding the pavement to clock up points for their organisation. It is great news to hear that Rushden Walking for Health have so selflessly donated their prize to benefit local pupils. I hope that the children are able to enjoy many hours of physical activity thanks to the new equipment that will be purchased with the voucher.”