Excel Esports has partnered with the Duke of Edinburgh (DofE) in a deal that will make Excel the approved activity provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. This partnership will also see Excel open its London headquarters and facilities to local students as well as team and technological resources. The news comes after The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’s announcement that it had added esports as a skill for youths to develop as part of its program.
“We’re delighted that Excel Esports are creating more opportunities for young people to take part in esports for their DofE,” said Vicky Ellaway-Barnard, Program Innovation Manager at the Duke of Edinburgh`s Award. “The DofE is all about giving young people the skills, confidence, and self-belief to succeed in life – so esports is a perfect fit for DofE programs. It helps young people develop essential skills like teamwork, leadership, and strategic thinking, while also giving them a chance to have fun and build their social skills.”
Excel published a new study which found that 90% of London teenagers believe playing video games and taking part in esports equips them with skills for the future. The company also spoke with 2,000 London teens and found that 63% say the addition of esports to the DofE Award would encourage them to devote more time and focus to their gaming passions.
(All information was provided by Esports News UK)