A virtual platform encouraging children to be active has clocked up an impressive 485,244 miles in its first season of use. 

Street Tag is a mobile app that turns the world around the user into a virtual playground.  Points are gained by actively travelling to and from places, in addition to scanning virtual tags that have been scattered throughout the community.

Tags can be found on the route to school, in local parks, at local events and more or less anywhere and everywhere making it really easy to join in the fun.

Schools in the area have been invited to take part and they can collect points and monitor achievements against other schools. 

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Orgill Primary School in Egremont is one of the 94 schools signed up to Street Tag. 

Deputy Head Teacher Holly Collins, said: "Our school has had a really positive experience with Street Tag and have loved every minute of it.  It’s been a great way of keeping active for the children, staff and parents. 

"We came up with a few creative ways of keeping active and introduced a power hour lunch club where we walked around the town to collect the tags – it proved a great way for everyone to be involved."

Season 1 has seen some of the most impressive statistics from around the UK. Over 4,200 players collected a total of 1,428,827 tags and travelled 424 million steps.

Now, ahead of the summer holidays, Active Cumbria are encouraging more schools to take advantage of the programme and sign up to Street Tag to support children and families to stay active in the school holiday period and join in season 3.

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Active Cumbria Development Officer and Street Tag Programme Lead, Oliver Carswell, said: "Active Cumbria are delighted to be managing the Street Tag programme and are pleased that so many schools have benefited so far.

"Research shows that in Cumbria over forty percent of children on leaving primary school are obese or overweight. Offering schools, the opportunity to participate in Street Tag programme is just one of the initiatives we at Active Cumbria are providing to help tackle these issues."