The launch of the brand new shark tank e-sports arena at St Vincent’s College in Gosport on November 10, 2021

Staff and students at St Vincent’s College, in Mill Lane, opened the area’s first video gaming venue of its kind on Wednesday – lovingly named the ‘shark tank’ in honour of their team, the St Vincent’s Sharks.

The set-up, which includes gaming computers, gaming chairs and streaming equipment, was converted from a former study room on campus after e-sports grew in popularity among students over the past two years.

A number of them take part in Rocket League and Overwatch tournaments.

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It was also needed after the college launched a new BTEC in e-sports this September, for which 12 students with special educational needs signed up.

E-sports teacher, Martin Birch-Foster – who is also an IT and media teacher – said: ‘The students introduced me to e-sports in 2019.

‘I didn’t really understand why people would watch others gaming until one of them told me it was no different from people wanting to watch football.

The launch of the brand new shark tank e-sports arena at St Vincent’s College in Gosport on November 10, 2021

‘After some research we were able to get teams together to enter championships, where we had a bit of a winning streak.

‘We’ve raised money for charities doing so as well, with people donating to watch.

‘Since September we have offered the chance to study the BTEC. It’s an interesting subject because it doesn’t really fit into just one area and means it opens up lots of career possibilities. For example it involves digital media because they are live streaming their games on Twitch.’

Student Kieren Joy, 22, from Horndean said: ‘E-sports really is …….

Source: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/education/students-at-a-gosport-college-excited-as-new-ps20000-e-sports-arena-opens-3453467

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