THE game that aims to get residents out-and-about this summer launched yesterday.

Beat the Street challenges the whole community to see how far they walk, run, or cycle and explore their local community.

More than 260 Beat Boxes are placed along routes across the borough for residents to find – each box scanned within an hour is worth 10 points, and the team with the most points at the end of the six-week run will win prizes.

The game was launched in 2019 when more than 25,000 residents took part.

Coun Jim Andrews, cabinet spokesperson for public health, said: "We all know walking is beneficial for mental and physical health.

“Using our feet to take ourselves outdoors provides the perfect reason to give one's brain a rest from the phone or computer and to experience the real environment that surrounds us."

Dr William Bird, a GP and founder of the Beat the Street game, said: "Beat the Street aims to engage the whole community. While it's a fun game with prizes to be won, the real winners are those who take the time to walk, cycle or run every day.

“Taking part will really do great things for your physical and mental health and can even slow down your ageing process if you become more active.

"We hope that Barnsley will enjoy playing Beat the Street once again and hope that players can go even further this time."