Six Nottingham College students are taking part in a sport competition with a distinct difference this term, as the Association of Colleges Sport launches the first ever national FIFA 20 online tournament.
The FIFA 2020 College Lockdown Championships are being run in partnership with the British Esports Association, for teams of three on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles. Launching on Wed 13 May, the competition is running weekly until July.
The teams have beaten off stiff competition in a Nottingham College playoff, which was run as part of the College’s wide-ranging extra-curricular enrichment programme on PS4 and Xbox and involving more than 40 gamers.
The Nottingham College competition saw students enter from right across the College, from Catering & Hospitality to Early Years & Childcare, and from Construction to Motor Vehicle courses.
The students will now have the opportunity to play against English Colleges Football Association (ECFA) national team footballers and the chance to compete in a showcase final on Wednesday 1 July 2020.
Kyran Dunne (pictured above) is studying a Motor Vehicle course and is part of the Nottingham College team.
I am really happy I have been given the opportunity to take part in the competition across the College, let alone represent the college in a country-based tournament. Thank you to the staff that have been busy to occupy me and all the others through the lockdown.- Team member Kyran
We’re always looking for new enrichment opportunities for our students, and we usually offer lots of different sporting activities.
We're still encouraging students to stay active of course, but this online tournament is another great way to keep students having fun, building communication skills and keeping a sporty theme going.Will Thompson - Wellbeing Coordinator for Enrichment at Nottingham College
With students across the country learning from home as well as potentially caring for family members, self-isolating, volunteering and wanting to socialise over the summer, AoC Sport saw this competition as an ideal activity for students to get involved in.
Dean Hardman, AoC Director of Sport and Student Experience said: “We are really pleased to be offering member colleges this competitive esports opportunity over the next few weeks.
“Many colleges have participated in esports over the past two years as part of our valued partnership with the British Esports Association and this FIFA lockdown tournament presents a further opportunity for even more colleges and students to get involved, playing one of the most popular video game titles among students.”