Esports Futures will take young people across a two day experience where they will learn a wide array of soft and transferable skills, whilst enjoying the University’s new Esports Centre.
The search is now on for industry mentors to support these young people on a life-changing journey.
The UK government recently released information about the recipients of the UK Community Renewal Fund (CRF), aimed at levelling up by investing in people, places, and communities, improving everyday life across the UK.
The University of Warwick is delighted to announce that we will be receiving £135,000 as one of 5 launch partners working with Warwickshire County Council’s Brighter Futures Programme to receive £1.1m in funding for delivering opportunities to those who need them most.
This programme will run from March 2022 through till the end of May 2022 and we are already in the process of signing up our youth groups (anyone aged 16 – 24) and industry mentors!
Stuart Croft, Vice Chancellor 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. Through the generous support of Community Renewal Fund and working closely our regional partners, Warwick is proud to further our commitment to esports 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. I send my best wishes to everyone who will be taking part and hope they enjoy all that our Esports Centre has to offer.”
Esports Futures will take young people across a two day experience where they will learn a wide array of soft and transferable skills, whilst enjoying the University’s new Esports Centre. Following their session, each group of 24, 16 – 24 year olds will have access to a career focus group and then a grand showcase in April to celebrate the achievements of every participant.
The first day will see the participants create and compete in an esports tournament, learning all the relevant skills along the way, both from the broadcast side, like event planning and how to use streaming and recording software, and also from the competitive side, learning the values of teamwork, leadership and high stakes communication.
Then, they will return the next day and be taught media skills like graphic design and video editing, using footage recorded in day one to build a narrative and story, and learn how to share those stories across different platforms, like print journalism and social media.
An integral part of the experience will be the presence of industry experts in the room to talk through with the participants about the wide array of careers and jobs available, allowing them to learn these skills with the aid of the very best in the industry. Therefore, we are looking for industry experts to join us in this process by sharing their insight and expertise on the relevant days.
If you wish to register as an industry mentor and to support these young people on a life-changing journey, you can do so here
Sign ups for groups and participants are already open and can be found below. Be sure to share this great opportunity with your networks so that we can ensure that those that get access will be the ones who can benefit from it most. Any group of 16 – 24 year olds of any size (even individuals) can be signed up right now, click here
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.
The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment. For more information, visit the official government site