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Fnatic launches college programme to help young people in the UK be the next generation of gamers

Fnatic, a world leading Esports organisation that’s headquartered in London, has announced the launch of a college partner programme in the UK to help young people become part of the thriving gaming industry.

The programme was inspired years ago by the launch of Pearson Esports BTEC qualification. Fnatic stated that they have created the programme to ensure the course is widely available to anyone wanting to enter the industry. 

‘From producing an Esports brand to managing tournaments, Fnatic’s objective is to provide students with direct access to a real-world gaming brand.’

Sam Matthews, founder of Fnatic said, “We are super passionate about bringing new talent into our world and this partnership is our way of onboarding the next generation of gamers, whilst giving back to the community. We’re so appreciative of the college partners who share our vision in supporting the development of these upcoming Esports hopefuls.” 

Fnatic has also partnered with three colleges across the UK, including Access Creative College, Queen Mary’s College (QMC) and Havant & South Downs College. It is a non-profit partnership that will launch along with the new school term in September 2022. 

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Esports director at QMC and national trainer for Pearson, James Fraser-Murison said, “As the leading provider of Esports teaching in the UK, this is huge for our students and also the college. To partner up with the biggest Esports organisation in the UK will mean we are directly giving our students a step-up into the industry with first-hand experiences, careers advice and opportunities from a global brand in one of the largest industries in the world.” 

Former League of Legends coach and player, current tutor at HSDC, Rhys Williams also commented, “We’re very excited here at HSDC to be working with Fnatic as part of the College Partner Programme. This partnership will open doors for the next generation that were so hard to find over previous years, it has the potential to shape the future of the educational Esports scene.”

Below are Fnatic’s six key aspects of the community college programme: 

  1. Lectures – Delivering lectures and specific webinars to the curriculum. 
  1. Networking – Events hosted by Fnatic will help students prepare for industry events as well as connect them with future peers, and give students access to Fnatic facilities
  1. Real world task setting – Fnatic will design creative tasks based on the gaming curriculum
  1. Discount on Fnatic Gear – Students will get up to 20% discount on Fnatic Gear to kit out arenas and classrooms
  1. Access to events and activations – Including an announcement-only server
  1. Hosting Fnatic tournaments and providing prizes

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Isa Muhammad is a writer and video game journalist covering many aspects of entertainment media including the film industry. He enjoys reading philosophy, autobiographies and staying informed. If he's not reading, playing video games or catching up on his favourite TV series, then he's probably writing about them.

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