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Original article (September 2020):
Sign-ups are now open for the 2020 Esports in Education Summit, an online event designed for teachers and lecturers and sponsored by Pearson BTEC.
Following the successes of the British Esports Championships in the 2019/20 year, AoC Sport and the British Esports Association are delighted to invite delegates to attend the second annual Esports in Education Summit, held virtually to allow all to attend safely from home or work.
It will take place on November 10th 2020 from 1pm to 3.30pm.
The summit brings together Senior Leaders, Curriculum Managers, Lecturers and Team Coaches from across the UK to discuss the impact, developments and opportunities available in competitive gaming within colleges.
A range of panel discussions, keynote and interactive sessions with industry leaders as well as experts from across education will cover a wide variety of topics with delegates such as:
- Esports in the College of the Future
- Esports and the Skills Agenda
- Building Esports Provision in Secondary & Further Education
- Progression & Careers in Esports
- Women in Esports
- The British Esports Championships
- More to be announced
The talks will help attendees better understand the benefits of esports and how their schools, colleges, universities and students can get involved.
There will also be opportunity to discuss solutions to challenges and learn from schools and colleges who are in varied stages of esports development.
This event is free to attend for staff from AoC and AoC Sport Member Colleges, Schools/Colleges with teams in the 2020/21 British Esports Championships as well as HE organisations. For all others, the event costs £35 +VAT to attend, and delegates will be invoiced one week before the event.
The event follows on from an Esports in Education Summit that took place at Sixways Stadium last year, but promises to be bigger and better this year.
Delegates last year learnt about career pathways, how esports can increase attendance levels, promote teamwork, leadership and communication skills and help students make new friends and more.
Kaussar Bashir of South & City College Birmingham said: “It was an amazing event to kick-start and welcome esports into the FE sector. It was very informative, engaging and offered a complete network of support for someone like ourselves who are at the start of our esports journey.”
Andy Payne OBE, British Esports Association chair, commented: “We’re excited to be bringing an esports education event back to Sixways Stadium after the success of last year.
“We’re looking forward to updating leaders in education about what’s happening in this space, what we’re doing and how they can get involved in esports.”
Dr Dean Hardman, AoC Director of Sport and Student Experience, said: “We’re delighted to be co-hosting the first Esports in Education Summit off the back of a successful FE forum last year.
“It’s a great opportunity for colleges to find out more about the growing esports sector and the wider benefits gaming can have on students’ personal development.”
Content track and speaker line-up
Some of the content and speakers on the day include:
- The college of the future: Steve Frampton OBE, Former Principal of Portsmouth College, President of the Association of Colleges and Member
- Vocational education/BTEC in Esports: Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeship, and Tom Dore, Head of Education, British Esports Association
- Digital skills and careers beyond esports: Prof. Andy Miah, Chair of Science Communication & Future Media, University of Salford and Dr. Maria Stukoff, Director of the Maker Space, University of Salford
- Building a successful esports programme within education: Dominic Sacco, Head of Content, British Esports Association, with a panel of teachers and students
- Esports progression panel – industry, game design and careers
- Esports in the international education setting: Laylah Bulman, North America Scholastic Esports Federation and Enterprise Director for LEGO Education
- Women in Esports: Alice Leaman, Schools & Colleges Officer, British Esports Association and Morgan Ashurst, Marketing Manager, British Esports Association
- The British Esports Championships: Elliot Bond, Schools & Colleges Officer, British Esports Association
- Q&A and summit summary: British Esports CEO Chester King to host, with questions pitched to our speakers and panelists
You can sign up to the Esports in Education summit here – click the ‘Register’ button near the top. Click ‘Speaker Line-Up’ to see more content info
If you are a member of the press and would like to attend and cover the event, please email Dominic Sacco at British Esports here
About the British Esports Association
The British Esports Association is a not-for-profit organisation established in 2016 to support and promote esports in the UK.
As a national body, its aims are to foster future British talent, increase the awareness of esports and provide expertise and advice. It’s focused on the grassroots level of esports and is not a governing body.
The Association helps educate the masses – including parents, teachers, media and government – around what esports is and what its benefits are. Its three goals are to Promote, Improve and Inspire.
About AoC Sport
AoC Sport is the membership organisation for further education and sixth form colleges in England and Wales, leading the development of sport and physical activity in 16+ education.
AoC Sport manages regional leagues and national knockout cups in eight sports, with more than 1,100 teams taking part in a 16-20 week season of competition.
For press enquiries or for more information please contact the British Esports Association at [email protected]
Dominic Sacco, content director