BMet is giving you the opportunity to be part of an Esports Academy.
What is Esports?
Esports (or electronic sports) is a term used to describe competitive video gaming.
It’s different from standard video gaming in that Esports is competitive (human-vs-human) and usually has an engaging spectator element to it, like traditional sports. Esports tournaments usually consist of amateur or professional gamers competing against one another for a cash prize. For example, League of Legends pits five players against another five in a virtual battle arena, while shooters like Call of Duty and Counter-Strike can also be played competitively.
Think of Esports as competitive video gaming where skill and professionalism is celebrated. The pro gamers who play at this level know the games inside out, much like a professional footballer or athlete would in their respective fields.
Players can either play one-on-one against one another (in games like FIFA and Street Fighter), or in teams. For example, in Halo, two teams of four play off against each other, while in Overwatch, two teams of six compete. Rules and strategies can differ greatly depending on the game in question.
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How does the Esports Academy Work?
The Esports academy is chosen as an enrichment activity within your ‘Programme of Study’. It is possible to combine A Level or vocational courses with your chosen sport (as well as English/maths and additional supplementary programmes if necessary).
If you are successful in gaining a place on the Esports Academy, you will receive coaching and the opportunity to compete against other colleges in FIFA 21, Rocket League, League of Legends or Overwatch.
The Academy recognises and ensures that performers have access to the ‘four-corner coaching’ philosophy (Social, Technical, Psychological and Physical).
As part of each academy you will receive between 6-12 hours coaching sessions as well as the opportunity to compete in local, regional or national league and cup competitions.
In addition to specific Esports training and playing, you’ll also have access to specialist advice or training on:
- Fitness Training and Programming
- Sports Psychology and Emotional Intelligence
- Personal and Social Development
- Progression Information including Career Planning
- Long Term Athlete Development
- Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation
- Additional Sport/Sports-Specific Qualifications
- Leadership, Volunteering, Coaching and Officiating Opportunities
- Fifa 21 Xbox players won all 9 games in the first round of the ESFA FIFA 21 Cup.