College kicks off Esports course in new gaming lab

A college is launching a new Esports course later this year – with a new purpose built lab.

Halesowen College
Halesowen College

Esports, the new trend of playing competitive sports online, grew with the Covid pandemic as many real-world sports stars tried the virtual versions.

Halesowen College has now unveiled details of its new course which focuses on the business and event management part of the industry.

There will be opportunities to join an Esports team and access practical gaming and streaming sessions.

A college team will also take part in the British Esports Championships.

Paul Hughes, course leader for Esports at Halesowen College, said: “Esports is going to be the world’s most exciting and upcoming entertainment trends.

“The college is very proud to be at the forefront of this with this new course. It is a very exciting time for everyone involved.”

Former Formula Ford driver Graham Carroll has competed online and footballer Gareth Bale is among those to have got involved formed in Esports, with a team called Ellevens Esports.

Halesowen College also has a new range of courses for adults, starting this month, designed to support local people to learn new skills or have a complete change of career.

Courses are offered in Business, Computing and Digital, Counselling, Education, Health and Social Care and Hospitality and Catering.

There are flexible options, meaning learners can study at college, from home or a blend of the two.

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