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School’s streets ahead

Active pupils and staff at a Bognor Regis school have received their reward for being miles better than their competitors.


Those linked to Southway Primary School and their family and friends made up an 873-strong team to be the best in the area’s first Beat the Street initiative this summer.


They were presented with certificates and a trophy at an assembly last week to celebrate their success.


Team Southway accrued 16,582 miles between the event’s dates of June 19 and July 31. This saw them accumulate 449,870 points and a staggering 97,000 points on their most active day.


Joe Mackintosh, the school’s PE co-ordinator, said: “We are incredibly proud of all our team and their efforts. This was achieved by ‘tapping’ into the competitive nature of our children and community.


“Once the seed had been sewn, there was no stopping them. Every conversation seemed to focus around getting out before, during and after school to exercise.


“This has given us a platform to continue to build on our successes and look forward to creating the same buzz around school.”


Participants tapped Beat Boxes on lamp-posts in the towns they reached by walking, running or cycling. Southway Primary was easily the top performing school or group in Bognor Regis, Worthing, Lancing, Shoreham-by-Sea and Littlehampton and had the second highest number of average points.


The next most active school in Arun was River Beach Primary at 13,000 miles. In Worthing and Adur, the top school travelled 7,000 miles. The winning community group was Epic Training who reached 6,000 miles.


A lucky seven-year-old pupil from Bersted Green Junior School in Bognor Regis won a year’s family fitness membership to the Arun Leisure Centre after being chosen at random from those who had tapped a Beat Box at least three times at either the centre or Littlehampton Wave. Beat the Street was funded by Adur and Worthing, Arun and West Sussex councils and The Conservation Volunteers.

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