School enjoys leader board success as street tag changes location

Wednesday, 22 June, 2022
Chairman with students at St Osyth Primary School

Participants in the Street Tag physical activity game have walked, cycled and otherwise actively travelled more than 61,000 miles – more than four-and-a-half times the length of the Great Wall of China – over the past three months.

In Street Tag, virtual ‘check in’ points are put around the area, with people earning points for tagging in using the app and travelling between them in a physically active way. You can also earn points through online fitness classes.

In the latest season, which ran from 9 February until 6 June, school teams – which include pupils, parents and staff – travelled 38,335 miles.

Meanwhile those in the community leader boards covered 22,816 miles in the February to June season.

Top of the schools leader board was St Osyth C of E Primary School, with 4,761,905 points – winning themselves £100 for their PTA. Rolph and Holland Haven primary schools came second and third respectively with 4,489,160 points and 2,301,040 points, and bagging them £75 and £50 each.

In total 11 schools had teams this season, with 16 taking part across the year.

Tendring District Council (TDC) introduced Street Tag for a year, from July 2021, as part of the Clacton 150 celebrations marking the town’s landmark anniversary, though the tags stretch across the district.

During that time community users have travelled 120,560,837 steps, or almost 63,000 miles, and school teams a staggering almost 94,800 miles – meaning the 567 participants travelled 157,761 miles, a combined distance of more than six times around the Earth’s equator.

While the current Street Tag season is coming to a close, it is now being rolled out in Walton-on-the-Naze and Harwich, funded by the Active Essex Local Delivery Pilot.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, congratulated the pupils, their families and staff at the school for their sustained efforts throughout the year.

“Well done to all those who have taken part in Street Tag, having fun while keeping active all at the same time, across both this season and the whole year,” Councillor Porter said.

“While the Clacton-based competition is coming to an end, having been a huge success, I’m delighted Street Tag will be starting up in Walton and Harwich and would encourage people across Tendring to take part.”

Mark Carter-Tufnell, Headteacher at St Osyth C of E Primary School, added: “Having placed third and second in previous seasons, all of us were so determined to claim that top spot – and are very pleased to have clinched it.

“It was been really enjoyable seeing the points add up each time, and while Street Tag may be shifting within Tendring we hope to keep being active.”

In the community leader boards the All-By-Myself team placed first once again.

Councillor Porter added: “Remember that anyone can be part of Street Tag – it’s not just for schools – and it is an excellent way to bring fun to your exercise and a great reason to get active.”

Tags are placed along popular walking routes and open spaces, while people can also experience local heritage and history through audio, video, pictures, and text by going on Monument Tours in Augmented Reality within the Street Tag App, which is where the half-term activity hunt will be – and is a great way to boost your points.

For more information on Street Tag visit and download the app on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Schools looking to get involved should email or fill an online form to express their interest.

Last updated on: 12/07/2022 - 15:17