Tees Valley Rural Action are super pleased to see the Beat the Street challenge hit the rural areas of Tees Valley
What is Beat the Street?
Beat the Street is a free, FUN, interactive challenge that encourages people of all ages to incorporate more activity into their daily lives by turning the town into a six-week game.
The game is completely contactless, players take part in their family groups and are encouraged to walk, cycle, run, wheel or scoot as far as possible within the local area, with prizes for the teams that clock up the highest number of miles.
Beat the Street physical activity game is live in Redcar and Cleveland & Stockton-On Tees
A free, interactive game that encourages whole communities to walk, cycle and roll in return for prizes is set to launch in Redcar and Cleveland!
The Beat the Street game was created by GP Dr William Bird to encourage people to connect with their local communities by getting together to walk, cycle and roll as far as possible within a six-week game.
Beat the Street has been designed to help people make small lifestyle changes and to increase low levels of physical activity. It also helps reduce congestion, improves air quality, and helps friends and families spend time in green spaces together. It is an outdoor game and is completely contactless.
Since it was created, the game has been played by more than 1.5m people in more than 120 locations in the UK and beyond, including in Middlesbrough at the end of 2021 – here, 14,528 people took part and clocked up a total of 110,724 active travel miles.
The game is set to take place across Redcar and Cleveland from Wednesday, 2nd March to Wednesday, 13th April, and a separate game will also run at the same time across Stockton-on- Tees.
It is open to anyone of any age who would like to take part. Players can join a school, workplace, community or charity team and there are prizes for the teams that travel the furthest. There is also an average points leaderboard to ensure that teams of all sizes are in with a chance of winning prizes, plus ‘lucky tap’ prizes and other competitions throughout the game.
The teams that travel the furthest can win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes including vouchers for books or sports equipment.
Participating primary schools will provide each child with a card and map, plus a card for an accompanying adult. The wider community can pick up a free card from one of the distribution points listed on the Beat the Street Redcar and Cleveland and Beat the Street Stockton websites.
Players then find their nearest “Beat Box” which will appear on lampposts around the towns shortly before the game. The Game starts on the 2nd March, hover your card over the Beat Box and it will beep and flash to record your points. Then, walk, cycle or roll to the next nearest Beat Box to score points – then keep going!
Beat the Street is run by Redcar and Cleveland Council, Stockton Borough Council funded by Sport England, and managed by Intelligent Health.
Children aged 11 and under play with a Beat the Street card, which they will receive directly from their school. Anyone aged 12 and above plays with a Beat the Street card that can be collected from a local distribution point.
All players over the age of 13 can create an account online, but anyone under 13 will need a parent or carer to do this for them. Parents/carers can then add additional family members to their account via our family management feature.
Once an account has been set up, players can connect their card to their player profile. When you’re ready to start, use the Beat Box map to plan your route and get going!
Playing the game
- Explore your local area, finding Beat Boxes nearest to you on the map.
- Hover your card at the contactless Beat Box until it beeps and flashes.
- Visit two Beat Boxes within an hour and collect 10 points for each Beat Box – this is 20 points for the journey.
- Carry on your journey and score 10 points for each extra Beat Box you visit.
Each of the six weeks of the Game has a different theme. Each week focuses on different aspects, including Go Travel, Go Wild, Go Active and go Explore. Each week brings new opportunity to get involved with your local community, earn points and have fun!
Go Play 2nd – 8th March – Players are introduced to Beat the Street and the key concepts behind the game. Players are encouraged to find Beat Boxes in their neighbourhood and get friends and family to play.
Go Travel 9th – 15th March – This week aims to promote active travel with bonus points and prizes centred around commuting times of the day.
Go Wild 16th – 22nd March – Go Wild celebrates all of the town’s parks, green spaces and waterways.
Go Active 23rd – 29th March – Having got active through Beat the Street, players will be encouraged to try out sports and fitness activities (COVID-19 restrictions permitting)
Go Explore 30th March – 5th April – Players are encouraged to find Beat Boxes across the area on foot or by bike and access cultural and historical hubs. We will run a number of events encouraging people to discover new places.
Go Celebrate 6th – 13th April – In the final week we will be celebrating the game with double points on all Beat Boxes in the final week.
For Maps and Distribution points for your areas please go to
Redcar and Cleveland