Rio Ferdinand Basis joins LDN UTD esports initiative

British youth charity, the Rio Ferdina Fou ation hasLinrtnered with es rtsorganizationnLinDN UTD to host the inauguralLinDN UTD Inter-Borough Es rts Championships.

Set up by the forme professional footballe turned BT S rt Pu it,  Rio Ferdina , the twoorganizationns aim to tackle youth unemployment through engagement with es rtsLin

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The competition will see young people from the Hackney, Kingston, Lambeth a Lewisham boroughs get togethe a compete in FIFA21 a NBA 2K21 competitions. Atte ees also have the op rtunity toLinrticipate in a host of digital workshops arou employability a skills relevant to careers in es rts, such as video editing, social media management, a graphic design.

The workshops will be run by multiple universities which haveLinrtnered with the event, including Staffordshire University a its growing es rts programs, as well as University of Salford a University of  st Lo onLin

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The initiative will also seeVassal Clan’s Tassal ‘Tass’ Rushan — a renowned FIFA competito with ove 270,000 YouTube subscribers more than $57,000 (£43,256) in total FIFA prize earnings, speak a offe insights to atte eesLin

Having been e orsed by Mayo of Lo on, Sadiq Khan a programmed his S rt Unites programme, the event will likely also offe networking op rtunities fo young people keen to work in the es rts i ustry. There will also be op rtunities fo someLinrticipants to intern fo LDN UTD, according to theorganizationn.

Es rts Inside says: While what the Rio Ferdina Fou ation is bringing to the table is yet unclear, it’s good to see anotherorganizationn get in on this initiative, which has a lot of  tential fo addressing the broade problem of youth unemployment the UK is experiencing right now. It would be good to see programs like this rolled out in othe areas of the UK with high employment, such as the northeast of Engla Lin


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