Esports education programme launched in Blackpool

By Tim Aldred

06 Mar 2024

Blackpool FC Esports

Blackpool FC Community Trust has launched an esports education programme, offered through Blackpool FC Sports College.  

The qualification, supported by the British Esports Federation, is built for students aiming to pursue a career in the dynamic esports industry.

Designed to equip students with the essential skills and knowledge required for employment in the esports sector, the programme offers a curriculum that focuses on enhancing practical skills and developing a greater understanding of the esports industry.

Highlighting the wide variety of careers available within the esports and digital sector, this education programme builds the necessary skills to succeed.

Delivered in purpose-built, state-of-the-art esport classrooms at the stadium, our Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC pathways provide an in-depth study in esports, paving the way for progression to higher education programmes and employment opportunities across esports and related fields such as technical, digital, and STEM industries.

Kalam Neale, head of education of British Esports Federation says: "It’s amazing to see the continued growth of esports in education through the introduction of new programmes. We hope this will be the start of an exciting journey for students, exposing them to a range of future career opportunities in an industry they are incredibly passionate about.

"We talk a lot about the transferrable skills developed through esports as well as the wider academic links into business, media, sport, games, and wider STEM-related industries; and as a result, we are excited to see the development and progression of students towards their future careers in these industries. It will be an exciting challenge, and a unique opportunity for students to grow, reflect, learn, and develop, and for some, the start of their journey to becoming tomorrow’s esports industry ambassadors, entrepreneurs, and leaders."

Alongside academic studies, the college's Competitive Gaming pathway provides students with the opportunity to take part in weekly leagues against other football clubs and colleges as well as national competitions such as the British Esports Student Champs. Competing as Blackpool FC’s esport team, this showcase features the biggest esports games, hundreds of institutions, and thousands of esports amateur athletes. The Student Champs is the definitive competitive gaming platform for education.

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