Your school has been invited to take part in an esports tournament organised by The Brave Jnr.
Our mission, as an organisation, is to empower young people in Scotland to build brighter futures through esports. With this tournament we aim to introduce local secondary schools to the world of esports by supporting them to establish clubs, form competitive teams to participate in the tournament and give pupils the chance to represent their school.
We understand that the whole concept of esports may be alien to some of you so we are working on resources and tools to make the process as straight forward as possible as well as allocating members of our team to make themselves available to support and guide you and your pupils through the entire process so that by the end of the tournament participating schools should have a fully functioning esports club.
Below are some pointers on how to get started with your school’s esports club, a good way to think about an esports team is like a football team except instead of playing football, students will be playing video games.
We are working on resources that will go into much more detail on some of these points (creating community hub, gathering feedback, deciding on activities and creating rules and schedules) as well as potentially live lessons for management teams covering the basics but in the meantime there will be representatives from The Brave Jnr who will be available on Discord or MS Teams to support you in any way that they can so please do not hesitate to reach out, in fact we encourage you to do so.
In our experience we have found that the young people are the driving force, they tend to be very up to date with all things gaming and hopefully your pupils will be confident in guiding you on best practice.
It is likely that the majority of students who participate will initially want to play competitively.
There will be a limit of the number on players who are able to represent your school in the tournament so, depending on how many players you have, there may be a need to develop a system – using game statistics, try outs, behavior, etc – that determines who gets to be on the teams.
Each competitive team would ideally have a coach/team manager who would arrange training sessions, manage players and offer support.
This role is vital at professional level and although it is not essential for the purpose of this competition, it can be a role that is adopted by students who may not want to compete or who may not qualify for the team.
You school may choose to set up social media for your team and if so you will not only need people to manage it but also to gather and create content to post there.
Here’s a Twitter list containing examples of UK school/college esports teams social media: School/College Esports Teams
Whether your school decides to meet physically in school, online via Discord or MS Teams or in the game, there will need to be someone responsible for making arrangements, posting updates, collecting feedback and providing moderation.
This role would be suited to senior pupils or those who have proven themselves to be responsible.
We want to bring as many schools into the loop and look at their requirements and restrictions before we set dates and other specifics in stone as well want the tournament to be suitable for as many Lanarkshire schools as possible.
What we know for sure is that both of the games below will be featured and so it may be a good idea to focus your club on these games for now.
Fortnite is a battle royale game which means that matches will take place in a free-for-all style with all teams participating in the same map at the same time.
Game days will see teams play a set number of matches where they will earn points for placement and eliminations which will then be calculated into a leader board.
Teams consist of 3 players who will each require an device capable of running the game (xbox, playstation, pc) and a game account with an appropriate username. The game is free to download and if your team is playing from home there is a good chance that players will already have it installed.
In Rocket League teams go head to head in game that is much like football except using rocket powered battle cars where the players would usually be! 😀
The tournament will feature a more traditional format with round robin group stages followed by a single eliminiation bracket final.
As with Fortnite: Teams consist of 3 players who will each require an device capable of running the game (xbox, playstation, pc) and a game account with an appropriate username. The game is free to download and if your team is playing from home there is a good chance that players will already have it installed.
Empowering young people in Scotland to build brighter future through esports.