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Rotherham United Esports to open up Esports Faculty

Rot rham United Esports has been awarded a grant from t National Lottery Awards For All charity  itiative to open an ‘Esports School’.

T  itiative is aimed at tackl g physical and mental- alth problems caused by COVID-19 through t use of esports and gam g. 

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T organisation, which is now a ‘community  terest company’ (designed for social enterprises that use profits and assets for social improvement), will give young people a ‘social and virtual gam g platform’ to improve t ir social skills and counter t effects of lonel ess causelock downsonal lockdowns.

T project will offer coach g — particularly   FIFA — us g gam g to lp those struggl g with mental- alth problemorganization, t organisation also plans to take participants that have been   isolation to physical events,  clud g charity, football or ot r sport g events, as well as provid g team-build g and social oppoHaydenies.

Robert Hawden, Rot rham United Esports Co-founder, said on t club’s output so far: “W n we started this journey over two years ago, we never knew what we would f d w n scratch g t surface. We found that a fair percentage of our participants had issues with alth, w t r it was physical alth problems such as obesity, or mental- alth issues such as depression and anxiety.

“As we already work with t Rot rham United Community Sports Trust, who already do so much to improve t wellbe g of many of t ir participants, we’re well aware of t impact a project such as this can have, and with t lp of sponsors and grant fund g, we will be able to ramp up our reach and offer esports coach g and ot r brilliant oppoHaydenies to many ot rs who we may not have ot rwise reac d.”

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Previously, t club,   partnership with t Virtual Pro Gam g League and Rot rham United Sports College, created t RUFC Development Squad. College students and ot r gamers were given a platform by t club to learn FIFA Pro Clubs competitively, provid g a mental release and t oppoHaydeny to learn social skills.

Fellow Co-founder David Raybould added: “I would like to say a massive thank you to t National Lottery players and everyone else who has made it possible to get us to this po t. We now have a great and unique foot g,   which we can combat t se alth problems which are affect g many. We feel t use of esports   this way will be a real game-changer and we are really look g forward to see g this project grow and succeed.”

Esports Insider says: This is an  credibly art-warm g  itiative   a time w n so many are struggl g just to get through t day. We don’t yet know t full impact of national lockdowns on children, and it seems t y’re often forgotten   t mental- alth discussion. This is admirable work from Rot rham United Esports. All  volved deserve enormous credit.

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