What Is an “Esports Academy”, and What Opportunities Could They Offer Young People?
Adam Whyte is the head of esports for Red Monkey Collective, a representation agency with clients in the sport and media industry. This guest-post was co-written alongside Steve Godwin (who has set up an Esports Academy) of WUWO Media, as well as Andrea Borra and Dahlia Penna of Red Monkey Esports: Esports Academy.
Many young people hide from society, playing computer games and not moving forward with their lives. It could be they’ve lost confidence, or face daily anxiety issues. WUWO Media’s Enemy of Boredom Esports Academy helps young people become self-assured citizens by offering a qualification, creating a culture of teamwork and helping them find apprenticeships or work with the assistance of the esports industry.
Esports have huge potential to teach young people about crucial life skills such as team building, communication skills, strategic thinking and rapid decision making.
When interacting with virtual environments, students leave behind their passive role in the education process and can have fun while asking questions, socialising, and solving problems. These kind of online games make the students decision-makers and allow them to learn through trial and error, receiving immediate feedback for their actions.
The esports phenomenon is undeniably getting tremendous attention by the media and everybody is eager to point out the various data projections and the high potential of exposure esports could bring to brands. Leaving the business perspective aside, there is another topic related to gaming that needs proper attention, and that is education.
WUWO Media had a successful launch of the EOB Esports Academy in Watford, and now in partnership with Sporting Chances – an alternative education provision for young people under sixteen will be launching in London, due to the popularity and success of the project.
Steve Godwin, the CEO at Enemy of Boredom describes it as:
“A place for young people to come and feel comfortable while learning together and learning from each other, using video gaming and esports to build futures. It’s a place where ideas are shared, and individuals can explore their passions with the support of trainers and industry professionals.”
Furthermore, Chester King, founder and acting CEO of the British Esports Association, is currently working on a project that supports and promotes grassroots by involving schools and educating both young people and adults. Esports will soon be heading to schools and libraries across the UK in the form of an after-school kid’s esports club initiative. Together with Westminster City Council and Dino PC, they are trying to establish an esports coaching program.
EOB Esports Academy wants young people that have edged out of the system to find their way back – by getting them work ready, and helping them connect with employers.