Students praised for efforts at regional finals

Six students have been praised for their efforts at the regionals of a gaming competition in Bristol.

The Pool Academy students, including Jack Smith in Year 9 and Jayden Taylor in Year 11, battled it out against a number of teams from across the South West.

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They were put up against sixth form students as they tried their best to beat them, in the computer game Overwatch, for a place in the London finals later in the year.

Tim Bareham, Head of Faculty for Computing, Science and DT, said taking part in the championships was a great experience for them.

He said: “They all did really well.

“Each match they played was really close and very tight. All of the other four teams were sixth form students.

“They were a credit to the school.

“Hopefully we can go back next year.”

Mr Bareham said they had lots of time to practise before next year’s games start again. He said the event helped to promote teamwork in the students taking part.

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