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14 May 2019

Big Pledge is back - sign up today

Every year Big Pledge helps people to get out and about and more active in their communities.

Chris Williams, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for communites

Following its success of helping thousands of people to get more active over the years, Wiltshire Council's Big Pledge Challenge is back.
 
This year the challenge is called ‘It's Not Just Cricket' and as the title suggests, people don't need to know about LBWs or googlys to take part the challenge is for people of any age and ability.
 
The cricket theme is to celebrate this year's ICC Cricket World Cup coming to the UK this summer, but people can undertake ANY sport or activity to complete their challenge and get more active.
 
This year the challenges are timed with participants trying to ‘complete a century' by logging minutes of an activity to ‘score a run' and reach their target.
 
The challenge gets underway from 3 June and runs until 14 July and people can sign up now at the Big Pledge website.

Nearly 10,000 people signed up to last year's challenge.
 
Chris Williams, Wiltshire Council portfolio holder for communities said: "Every year Big Pledge helps people to get out and about and more active in their communities.
 
"For people who just want to have fun and get a little healthier it's the perfect challenge. Equally for those who are a bit more competitively minded this is a good opportunity to challenge friends and family to see who can come out on top.
 
"There are plenty of physical and mental health benefits to getting more active so I'd encourage lots of people to sign up and take on the challenge. Good luck!"
 
Previous participant Sara Bailes from then B-fit Bootcamp team said "I have really enjoyed taking in previous years as part of our team. Doing the challenge has been great fun, building great team spirit. I am excited that it is back again and urge anyone who is thinking about signing up to just go for it! Seeing the Cricket World Cup has really inspired me and can't wait to start on 3 June!"
 
The challenges people can sign up to this year are:

It's Just Not Cricket Opener Challenge:
 This is a challenge for individuals who want to get active, are new to activity or who might have a disability. Participants will need to complete 10 minutes of activity to 'score a run' and therefore complete 1000 minutes to 'score a century'.

It's Just Not Cricket Middle Order Challenge:
 This challenge for individuals who are already moderately active. Participants will need to complete 20 minutes of activity to 'score a run' and therefore complete 2000 minutes to 'score a century'.

It's Not Just Cricket All-Rounder Challenge:
 This challenge is for individuals who are already active and are looking for a hard challenge. Participants will need to complete 30 minutes of activity to 'score a run' and therefore complete 3000 minutes to 'score a century'.

It's Not Just Cricket Team Challenge:
 This team challenges is for community groups and clubs or friends and family. There is no limit to the number of team members. The total time goal will be calculated on the total number of team members each completing 150 minutes of activity per week of the challenge.  Example: Team A has eight team members. 150 minutes x 8 = 1,200 minutes x 6 weeks = Total time goal of 7,200 minutes. Based on this total time the system will calculate that this team will need to complete 72 minutes to 'score a run'.

It's Not Just Cricket School Challenge:
 This team challenges is for schools. There is no limit to the number of pupils. The total time goal will be calculated on the total number of pupils each completing 60 minutes of activity per day of the school week of the duration challenge.
 Example: School A has 150 pupils. 60 minutes x 5 = 300 minutes x 6 weeks= 1,800 minutes per pupil x 150 pupils = Total time goal for the school of 270,000 minutes. Based on this total time the system will calculate that this team will need to complete 2,700 minutes to 'score a run'

It's Not Just Cricket Corporate Challenge:
This team challenges is for business or workplace teams. There is no limit to the number of team members. The total time goal will be calculated on the total number of team members each completing 150 minutes of activity per week of the challenge.
Example: Team A has eight team members. 150 minutes x 8 = 1,200 minutes x 6 weeks = Total time goal of 7,200 minutes. Based on this total time the system will calculate that this team will need to complete 72 minutes to 'score a run'

If people live in either Salisbury or Amesbury then this year they are being encouraged to sign up for Beat the Street  Running from 20 May to 1 July 2019 participants can find out more and sign up. This is a community wide game where players tap cards on sensors called Beat Boxes and earn points as they walk, cycle and run. The further you travel, the more points you earn. You can even win prizes! So whether you are a school, friends and family group, workplace team or community group or club it's time for you to hit the payment and try and beat the street. For more information on this, people should visit the Beat the Street website.

Last updated: 14 May 2019 | Last reviewed: 14 May 2019

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