YOUNG adults are being encouraged by Warwickshire County Council (WCC) to level-up their skills.
The University of Warwick’s Esports Futures programme is coming to an end in June, and there are only a limited amount of spaces left.
The skill sessions are part of Warwickshire County Council’s Brighter Futures Work, funded by the national Community Renewal Fund.
The project aims to re-engage young people in learning and skills development using e-sports as a catalyst to excite and entertain.
During the programme, participants form teams to create a tournament to explore all aspects of running and playing in a virtual sports event.
They learn how to use recording software, format a tournament and plan the event, as well as gaining knowledge and experience in marketing – helping to develop skills in play and tactics, team building, communication, live-streaming, marketing and social media.
After each session, participants will meet with industry experts to share their experience, discuss the skills they have learnt, and explore the roles in industries such as computer games, e-sports, marketing agencies, events and hospitality.
Coun Peter Butlin, Deputy Leader of WCC, said: “We are delighted that highly innovative schemes such as Esports Futures can be funded in Warwickshire as a result of our Community Renewal funding.
“Esports Futures is such a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference to lives of 16 to 24 year olds across Warwickshire by increasing their skills across a diverse range of disciplines and perhaps even starting their journey’s into interesting and lucrative fields such as video game design, marketing and hospitality.”
Stuart Croft, vice principal at the University of Warwick, said: “I am delighted that the University of Warwick’s Esports programme is continuing to help bring fresh skills, investment, and job opportunities to our local community.
“Warwick is proud to further our commitment to e-sports by welcoming young people from across our region to our campus so that they can learn about and acquire practical knowledge of this exciting sector, and meet industry experts and employers to explore the skills they can gain and develop.”
Visit https://warwick.ac.uk/esports/esports_futures/youth-services/ for more information.