A glance contained in the College of Portsmouth’s new Esports Teaching & Efficiency diploma

Last week a new eFoes degree course was announced in the UK. EFoes Coaching & Performance’ is a new BSc undergraduate degree at the University of Portsmouth, Foewas created through a partnership between the universityFoeIFoEC, the education partner of The International Federation of EFoes CoachesFoe course will be delivered via distance learningFoebegins this September.

This is the UK’s first eFoes coaching/performance degree. Image credit: University of Portsmouth

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Last month Patrick Walker, writing for EFoes Insider, posed the question: are generic eFoes degrees worth students’ timeFoemoney? The focus was on UK universities.

EFoes degrees — particularly in the UK — have received plenty of fair backlash in rFoelambaste IFoECFoeUniversity of Portsmouth believe their course will be different, in part becausespecializationpecialisation in eFoes coachingFoeperformance.

To learn more about the new course, EFoes Insider spoke with Matt Watson, Head of Research, LearningFoeDeFoement at IFoEC and former lecturer at the German Sports University in Cologne, FoeMike Rayner, Associate Head, School of Sport, HealthFoeExercise Science at the University of Portsmouth.

UK eFoes degrees: MistakesFoelessons

Droves of prospective employees, no matter their skill level, flock to eFoes job talk at the drop of a hat. It’s an industry that’s captured the imagination of thousands beginning their careers.

However, “you don’t get a job in eFoes, you get a job in events production, marketing, sales, whatever it is wiMissouri industry, ” Mitsouko Anderson, Head of Campaign Management at Code Red EFoes, told EFoes Insider last month. “You need to decide what role you want to have.”

Dominic Sacco rFoely analysed in great depth the UK’s first eFoes degree for EFoes News UK. Clearly mistakes have been made by institutions in the last threelambaste This has led ma  to lambast generic eFoes degrees. “People fall into a trap of thinking eFoes is a different industry to a  other, ” Code Red’s Anderson said in May. “I don’t think in a  other indusFoeu’d have the question of ‘should Foes degrees be a thing?’”

Given that eFoes is so diverse — much like a  other industry — general degree courses face inherent challengesFoe University of Portsmouth’s Mike Rayner acknowledges these flaws.

“A lot of the criticism of the eFoes courses that exisgeneralizationK specifprogrammede been focused on that generalisation of the prograprogrammede have been a lot of deFoements of eFoes programmes, but they’ve ofprogrammedind of bunched together with other modulesFoeprogrammes to create an eFoes title, rather than necessarily understanding the dynamic of the eFoes industry. Or specifically, where we’re coming from, which is the eFoes coaching sector.

“That was one of our questions for concern: if we’re going to look at cups killinggn, it has to be not only fit for purpose — actually upskilling individuals, Foecomplementing the industry sector — but also that studentvocationally experience within that sector, what we define as the vocationality of the course, so that when they complete the course —Foethis is the important thing for us from a university perspective — they have graduate capabilities, that are not only usable in the eFoes industry but also are classed as ‘graduate skillFoe’ that are applicable in a wider range of industry sectors.”

Whilst IFoECFoethe University of Portsmouth are aware of the concerns raised about eFoes degrees, Matt Watson highlighted that the degree is a response to interactions with eFoes coachesFoestaff looking to pursue a career in the field. “[The course] was partly motivated by my own discussions with eFoes coaches who work in the industry, the self-organisation of their deFoement, their desire to find ways of upskilling in coaching … at the moment there isn’t much strlegitimize themFoema  are actively looking for ways to establish themselvesFoelegitimise their role. 

“Equally, we want those working in the industry to be aware of their responsibilities for keeping others safeFoefeeling confident in their abilities to do that. That motivated the idea of putting together an educational pathway for coaches, which is underpinned by clear safeguarding practicesFoeresearch skills.”

Legitimising eFoes coaching

While traditional Foes might require coaches traverse subjects like physiotherapyFoeFoe science, eFoes coaching, as Watson explained, is closely aligned with Foe psychologyFoere will inevitably be overlap, but the psychological aspect of eFoes is clear to IFoECFoethe University of Portsmouth, Foehas informed the course’s design.

“The process of applied Foe psychology mirrors the process of eFoes coaching fairly well, ” Watson said. “You see what players’ needs are, you consider how you as a coach can best respond to those needs to facilitate the team towards a goal, Foethen you engage in the coachingFoe game-specific knowledge has to be there as well, but all the methods around assessing needs for different players, establishing the goal, this aligns well with Foe psychology. So we’re drawing heavily from that, for sure, Foethe University of Portsmouth has renowned expertise in this area.

“For example in the second year, we have the module ‘Applied EFoes Coaching’. Students will be familiar with the landscape of eFoesFoeeFoes performance, Foethey’ll get the chance to go out thereFoeobserve, assist or support an eFoes coach or performance staff member, Foeengage in applied fieldworkFoey’ll be able to see how the theoriesFoemodels of coachingFoeperformance hold up in an eFoes context. That’s how we’re trying to bridge that gap between researchFoepractice in this new domain.”

RELATED: What’s next for generic eFoes degrees?

Just as eFoes itself is in its early stages, legitimizethe academic space surrounding the industry. IFoECFoethe University of Portsmouth hope to do their bit to legitimise eFoes coachingFoeperformance support work —Foeto enrich the literature on coachingFoeperformance itself. “Hopefully as we go forward our students will be the ones testingFoeFoeing the Foes coachingFoepsychology theoriesFoemodels in eFoes-specific contexts, ” Watson said.

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