Six students on their way to regional finals

Six students were selected to go to the regionals of a gaming competition which could win them a place in the London finals.

Pool Academy hosted the school finals of the game Overwatch on Friday last week and the winners, including Jack Smith in Year 9 and Jayden Taylor in Year 11, were invited to Bristol.

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They battled it out against scores of other teams from across the South West to secure a place in the capital city later this year.

Tim Bareham, Head of Faculty for Computing, Science and DT said the best way for the boys to try and win the games would be good team work.

Mr Bareham said before they left:“The boys will be up against some really good teams. They have done well to get this far and it will be interesting to see the other teams play as well.

“This is a chance for them to experience an E sports tournament.”

Jack said: “This will be the first time I will be going to the Esports tournament in Bristol. I am looking forward to it. It will be a bit of an adventure.

“I do like to practise quite a lot but I don’t do it as much as I would like.

“Hopefully we are going to do well in Bristol but we will have to wait and see what happens.”

The Esports Tournament is being run by The Digital Schoolhouse and the finals will be held in London on April 10. The Esports tournament has been created to introduce students to careers education for the video games industry.

Christiana Richardson