Be A Good (E)Sport This Summer!
Local children will have the chance to be Esports stars this summer, with the launch of Scotland’s first-ever Esports Summer Camp.
Dundee and Angus College, one of the education partners in the planned state-of-the-art arena heading to Dundee’s Slessor Gardens, is hosting a week-long camp for children aged eight to eleven w/c Monday, 18 July 2022. The morning sessions, open to beginners and regular players, will be held within the dedicated Esports classroom at Gardyne Campus.
The camp will incorporate a mix of game-play and out-of-game activities to give young people an insight into the Esports industry. Youngsters will have the chance to play on state-of-the-art kit, learn from top coaches and players and engage in new skills. They will also create a Rocket League team and design a name and logo to build up to the creation of their own Esports tournament. Children will receive a certificate at the end of the programme and have the opportunity to compete for a number of prizes along the way.
Esports is a form of competitive video gaming where individuals, teams or leagues of players compete against one another to win tournaments. Professional esports players train for and compete in competitions similarly to professional athletes, with top performers earning millions annually.
And, as Laura Louch, Sector Development Leader at Dundee and Angus College explained, there’s much more to Esports than sitting at a computer – “Some parents might think their children already have a lot of screen time, but there’s much more to Esports than sitting at a screen.
“Being part of an esports team and competing in esports events can be great for children. Playing games competitively teaches similar, transferable skills as playing other sports. Children develop grit and resilience as they work on improving their skills and competing against others. They also learn to create and follow strategies, communicate with teammates, and develop strong hand-eye coordination. Importantly, they also learn about good sportsmanship and being mindful of their emotions, which can help students to manage stress in their daily lives. Indeed, as well as teaching them how to play games safely online, we’ll also encourage health and wellbeing as part of our broader Esports ethos.”
The week-long course will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm w/c 18th July, at the cost of £30 per child. No previous experience is required. To book, please email email@example.com
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Esports has already been incorporated into the College’s course portfolio, with plans to build upon this offering as the industry evolves. There are also plans to offer an HNC and HND in Esports from January 2023. The College and Esports Scotland are also working on a progression pathway from introduction through to degree level, where college graduates will complete years three and four at Abertay University.
The College’s expertise in Esports has not gone unnoticed in the further education sector, with the organisation recently being appointed lead collaborating partner of the Scottish Colleges Consortium of Esports.