RESIDENTS in Harwich can turn physical activity into points – and prizes – with a fun new initiative in the town.

Launching on Wednesday for five weeks, Beat the Street rewards people for walking, cycling – or even skipping and jumping – between various locations.

Residents simply tap a special fob or card against the Beat Boxes to collect points for themselves and their team - either creating their own with friends and family or by supporting a school team.

Beat Boxes are located throughout Harwich, Dovercourt, Parkeston, Ramsey and Little Oakley.

Those who top leader boards will win prizes and players also have the chance to unlock ‘lucky boxes’ too.

Harwich and Manningtree Standard:

Beat the Street - Tracy Lawrie, CVST Community Development Officer, with her card at a Beat Box. Picture: Paul Starr

Organiser Cheryl Lomas, from Active Essex, said: “Beat the Street is a great way to get active whilst having fun.

"Whether you’re walking to work or cycling to school, Beat the Street rewards that activity and encourages everyone to move a little more.”

Beat the Street is being run with Tendring Council and is funded as part of an Active Essex pilot project testing ways to encourage residents to be more active, reducing pressure on the NHSe.

Community Voluntary Services Tendring (CVST), Intelligent Health and Sport England are also supporting the project.

Lynda McWilliams, cabinet member for partnerships at Tendring Council, said she hoped lots of people would sign up and take part.

“Although you can play on your own, Beat the Street is most fun as part of a team – so why not sign up with your friends, work colleagues, or perhaps make a team with your local community group or sports club,” she said.

Sign up and create your team at or pick up your activity card from Dovercourt Library, Harwich Homestart, or Morrisons in Parkeston.