British Esports Championships

The British Esports Championships is a team based, competitive video gaming tournament for students aged 12-19 across the UK. Nightingale Community Academy is one of eight institutions taking part in the “The Champs for Alternative Provision” (AP), which is the first Esports competition of its kind in the UK just for AP schools and colleges.

The competition is set around the hugely popular game Rocket League, which involves teams of three driving rocket powered cars around an arena with the aim of knocking an over-sized football in to a goal.

Pupils were over the moon to receive a delivery of three high spec gaming PCs on loan to them for the duration of the competition and free Rocket League licenses. They were excited kick off the first round of the competition and their site set on a place in the final.

Playing Esports in moderation has many benefits. They can be used as a vehicle to engage and motivate young people in a relevant, already-hugely-popular, team based activity through which they learn and develop key skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership and problem solving.

The principal and leadership team, well supported by the Orchard Hill College and Academy Trust, have provided strong leadership, which has had a positive impact on the school’s effectiveness. As a result, there have been improvements in all areas, most noticeably in pupils’ behaviour and attitudes, the curriculum and in the wider opportunities for pupils.

Ofsted, February 2019

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