Students urged to sign up for national gaming competition

Pool Academy is the first school in Cornwall to take part in a national gaming competition and more students are being urged to sign up.

Tim Bareham, IT Teacher, is calling for help after enlisting the school into the Esports Tournament run by The Digital Schoolhouse.

The competition encourages teams to battle against others using computer games such as Fifa or Rocket League.

The first heats are due to take place next month (DEC) in the Academy’s IT room. The top scorers will then have to play in front of an audience of class mates.

Mr Bareham is also looking to recruit students to take on the roles of Event Manager, Community Manager, Tournament Administrator, a Host and production crew to help make the event a success. Applications can be found on the google classroom app.

Mr Bareham said: “It is a school based event at the beginning with teams from across the whole school as well as staff.

“We don’t know what game we will be given to play yet but the winners will go to the regional finals in Bristol’s Belong Arena in March.

“The winner from that then goes through to the national finals heat in London in April.

“Electronic games are one of the biggest growing forms of leisure at the moment, it is a worldwide thing.

“People have until December 8 to sign up and then we hope to start the games as soon as possible after that.

“We are the only school in Cornwall taking part.”

The Esports tournament has been created to introduce students to careers education for the video games industry.

The tournament will be split into three heats. The first runs in schools until March 1 next year. The second is the regional qualifiers from march 1-31 and the third will be a Grand Final event during April 1-15 during London Games Festival. A presentation ceremony will be held in Trafalgar Square on April 5.