A NURSING home has been crowned champion of the first Colchester Street Tag care home leader board.

St Fillans Care Home, in St John’s, Colchester, was named as the winner with an enormous 3,063,370 points collected.

The fantastic effort saw residents, staff and their families all get out and about to get active.

The care home was presented with a trophy, donated by the FANS network, which it will now display proudly for the next 14 weeks.

Street Tag is a free, interactive app which turns physical activity into a game by converting walking, running, and cycling into Street Tag points, which are tallied to either the school, community, or the new care home leader board.

Beverley Oxford, Colchester Council portfolio holder for communities, said: “Congratulations to St Fillans care home for its brilliant performance in the first care home leader board.

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“It’s wonderful to hear what a positive effect it has had on residents, inspiring them to be more active and boosting their morale.

“We were pleased to hear Street Tag was motivating staff, residents and their families to walk further and increase their daily movement. It is a key priority for us to create opportunities like this to foster healthy and active communities.”

Samantha Farrow, lifestyle co-ordinator at St Fillans care home, added: “Street Tag has been a fantastic way for residents to gain simple exercise, this has enhanced the residents’ wellbeing daily.”

A St Fillans resident said: “I never knew what Street Tag was until I started playing it and now I really enjoy it. It brings me exercise daily - I am glad we are winners.”

The app has been brought to Colchester by a partnership between Colchester Council and funders the Essex Local Delivery Pilot.

Back in July, Friar’s Grove Primary School, in Upland Drive, Colchester, emerged victorious in the interactive competition’s school leaderboard.

The care home leader board has now been reset today and will run again for the next 14 weeks.

To find out more and get involved with Street Tag, visit streettag.co.uk.