AP Rocket League Championship returns for its second year
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The Rocket League Championship for U.K. alternative provision (AP) schools is returning for its second year in a row. Additionally, the number of teams has been increased from eight to 12. The tournament is scheduled to run for six weeks. It will also showcase how young individuals can be motivated and engaged through esports.

Motivating students through Rocket League

In 2019, a survey on the first Rocket League Championship for AP schools found that participants had an increase in attendance and concentration. This was in addition to improved behavior. A teacher, Michael Kitteridge, noted the scholastic benefits he saw as a result of last year’s event.

Another teacher, Lou West, also noted the positive changes in students. The interview featured West’s recollection of the event and its impact on student interactions.

“Our older students spontaneously began mentoring the younger ones; communication became the key to improvement and planning for the next match,” West said. She then recalled that the group had to assign attack and defense roles before heading into the second match.

AP Rocket League Championship returns for second year esports team
Students playing Rocket League with equipment provided by Fierce PC. Image provided by the British Esports Association.

The championship’s partners

The British Esports Association, Fierce PC, and the Stone Group have teamed up to make this year’s AP Rocket League Championship happen.

However, it’s not the first time that Fierce PC and the Stone Group have worked with the British Esports Association. While Fierce PC offered an e-suite to check out at its headquarters in Haslingden, the Stone Group helped equip a gaming room for Gower College in Swansea.

For this year’s AP Rocket League Championship, Fierce PC has loaned out Lumina systems, gaming keyboards, and gaming mice. The Stone Group has supplied Acer Predator monitors, peripherals, and Stone Midi Tower systems to students.

“The AP Championship is a great opportunity for us and our friends to share esports with alternative provision education,” said Tom Dore, the head of education at the British Esports Association.

He added that the findings from 2019 were encouraging and that he cannot wait to watch this year’s championship. Dore hopes that with the AP Rocket League Championship, teachers and students will discover the benefits of participating in esports.

Amy Chen is an esports journalist and enthusiast who specializes in in-depth interviews and breaking news. A University of Toronto and Humber College graduate, she is passionate about building up the Canadian esports industry. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, and she has always had a soft spot for World of Warcraft!