Esports Education Summit 2021

Esports Education Summit 2021

Adam McGowan
4 min read | 16 Sep 2021

AoC Sport and the British Esports Association are delighted to invite you to attend the third annual Esports in Education Summit, proudly sponsored by Pearson BTEC, which will be brought to you virtually to allow all to attend safely from home or work.

On Tuesday 28 September, 12:20-15:30 the summit will bring 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:

  • The development of Esports in Further and Higher Education.
  • Esports careers
  • Safeguarding and Inclusive Gaming
  • Women in Esports
  • The British Esports Championships, and much more to be announced

There will also be opportunity to discuss solutions to challenges and learn from schools and colleges who are in varied stages of esports development.


12:30 – Opening AddressDean Hardman, Director of Sport and Student Experience, Association of Colleges
12:35Esports 101: British Esports Student ChampsElliot Bond, Head of Broadcast and Events at the British Esports Association
12:50 – Panel: The development of academic & competitive esports in educationAnnabel Lawday, International BTEC Portfolio Manager, Pearson Education; Tom Dore, Head of Education and Gary Tibbett, Education Manager, British Esports Association.
13:10 – What happens next? Career pathways in esportsKieran Holmes-Darby, Co-Founder and Esports Director at Excel Esports
13:35 – Digital trends and esports: a look into the futureProfessor Andy Miah and Dr Maria Stukoff, the University of Salford
13:55 – BREAK
14:05 – Panel: How to build a successful esports programme in your school/collegeIan Russel, Wycliffe School; Shoubna Naika-Taylor, Coventry College and Tom Hurrell, ex-AGSB Alumni (Loughborough Uni). Host: Dominic Sacco, Editor & Consultant at Esports News UK
14:25 – How do we get more women competing in esports?Sue Lavansi, Women in Esports committee member
14:40 – Safeguarding and inclusive gaming 
Tom Dore, Head of Education, British Esports Association and Simon Barnett , Multimedia SEN Tutor, National Star College
15:00 – Closing KeynoteChester King, Founder and CEO, British Esports Association
15:20 – Q&AOpportunity for Q&A with session panellists
15:30 – Summit Closes


This event is free to attend for staff from AoC and AoC Sport Member Colleges, Schools/Colleges with teams in the 2021/22 British Esports Championships as well as HE organisations.

This event is £35 +VAT for all others to be invoiced prior to the event.

All delegates must register here

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