Weymouth and Portland are set to be transformed into a giant game called Beat the Street from 3 October-14 November as thousands of residents compete to see if their school, community or business can walk, run or cycle the furthest.

Schools and community groups across Weymouth and Portland will be competing against each other to see if they can travel the furthest, climb the leaderboards and win hundreds of pounds worth of prizes. Families are encouraged to play for their local school while the wider community can create their own teams by emailing [email protected].

Beat the Street is a free, fun challenge where people are rewarded with points and prizes for exploring their area on foot or bicycle.

Dozens of special sensors called ‘Beat Boxes’ will appear across Weymouth and Portland. Players tap the Beat Boxes with cards and fobs to track their journey and earn points for themselves and their team – the more Beat Boxes people swipe the more points they earn.

In addition to the leaderboard prizes, registered players can also win ‘Lucky Tap’ prizes for playing along – including sports and fitness vouchers and experience days.

Beat the Street is being delivered by Intelligent Health and is funded by The National Lottery through Sport England and Public Health Dorset.

Cllr Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council’s Leader and Chairman of Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board said: “We are incredibly excited to be bringing Beat the Street to the area and can’t wait to see how far everyone is able to walk, run, cycle and scoot during the six-week challenge.

“Anyone is able to get involved in Beat the Street – it’s completely free to play and is a great opportunity to go outdoors, spend time with your friends and family and get moving.

Want to find out more about Beat the Street? Visit beatthestreet.me/weymouthandportland for more information.

Follow @beatthestreetweymouthandportland on Facebook, @btsweyandport on Twitter and @btsweymouthportland on Instagram for all the updates on Beat the Street.

Also keep an eye out for new challenges which will earn you more points and chances to get your team higher up the leaderboard.