Four Warwickshire schools are taking part in the ground breaking annual Digital Schoolhouse (DSH) e-sports tournament, supported by Warwickshire County Council.
On 13 March, Campion School, Kineton High School, The Coleshill School and King Edward VI School, Stratford will be competing for the second year running, with schools and colleges from around the country, for the title of Regional Champion at an event hosted by Staffordshire University, and Belong by GAME.
The County Council became involved in supporting DSH after it became clear that the prestigious scheme is beneficial on a number of fronts: helping business to address the skills gap, young people into work and, in the medium and long terms, the county to retain its place as a leader in the Digital Creative Sector.
Students aged 12-18 can participate as players, or fulfil roles needed for their team such as team leader, shout-caster, or branding and marketing coordinator. Local businesses are partnering up with participating schools to provide real life business input in a variety of job roles. Skills that students develop whilst participating in the tournament are recognised by the Duke of York’s Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA)..
At the regional championship event, professionals will deliver inspirational talks and provide opportunities for students to ‘mingle with the pros’ and speak one-to-one about careers.
Last year’s tournament succeeded in reaching more than 2,000 students nationally, who participated as either players, or as part of the school or college’s event management, social media, press and community team.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council says:
“It’s estimated that in the future 90 per cent of jobs across all sectors in the UK will require digital skills. In Coventry & Warwickshire alone, 1,000 new jobs requiring computer science and/or mathematical skills are expected to be created by 2023. Given that Warwickshire has one of the largest clusters of digital media and gaming, we need to do everything we can to develop a future workforce well-equipped with the skills needed to support this large and growing sector. The Digital Schoolhouse progamme, and events like the e-games, are enabling our students not only to hone and improve their digital skills, but also become more aware of the wealth of careers available to them. We’re delighted The Coleshill School, Campion School, Kineton High School and King Edward VI School, are taking part in the e-games tournament and we wish them the best of luck in the regional heats!”
Ian Smith-Childs, Headteacher, The Coleshill Schools says:
“We’re so proud of our students participating in the DSH e-sports tournament Regional Championships at Staffordshire University. The tournament is a fantastic project which we are finding is helping not just with developing digital skills and broader soft skills, but also enabling our students to aspire to career pathways that they may not have otherwise considered.”
Gfinity will be hosting the Grand Final Event, which will coincide with the London Games Festival in April 2019.
Digital Schoolhouse is delivered by the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (UKIE), and is backed Warwickshire County Council along with industry leaders PlayStation, Sega and Ubisoft.
The county welcomes involvement of businesses from the county’s digital sector. Any who would like to be involved should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like your school to join the Digital Schoolhouse programme please contact: http://www.digitalschoolhouse.org.uk/articles/2019/01/applications-have-opened