Game on in Dumfries and Galloway

The 2015/16 Beat the Street games in Annan and Dalbeattie were a resounding success, with very high levels of participation in each location.

Beat the Street Dumfries

As a result, Dumfries and Galloway Council decided to introduce Stranraer to the game in 2016/17.

Results of the Stranraer game did not disappoint. Nearly 40 per cent of the town's population participated, with 35 workplace teams, 22 schools and many individuals signing up to play.

The game generated an array of positive outcomes, including an increase in the proportion of participants meeting the Department of Health's physical activity target for adults, which rose from 62 per cent to 82 per cent.

Meanwhile, support was provided to Annan and Dalbeattie to help these communities maintain the active travel momentum created by their participation in Beat the Street in 2015/16.

For instance, in Dalbeattie, the established community groups of Health Dalbeattie and Dalbeattie Initiative successfully restored, improved and promoted a new active travel route for the town.

In Annan, the SHAP has supported several successful health and physical activity initiatives.