Cheshire students secure victory in national gaming tournament

Cheshire College students Katrina Chrzanaowska, Drew Bailey, Luke Scully, Deivid Asledov and Nikodem Klonowski

Five students from Cheshire College South & West have won a 2-0 victory in a national competitive video game tournament known as the British Esports Student Champs.

The competition, called ‘The Champs’, is open to all UK secondary schools and colleges and is an exciting opportunity for students to put their skills to the test.

Cheshire College students Katrina Chrzanaowska, Drew Bailey, Luke Scully, Deivid Asledov and Nikodem Klonowski as ‘CheshireCollSW’ competed in Division 2 and played the popular video game ‘League of Legends’ against Queen Mary’s Basingstoke College, Hampshire.

All five students in the Cheshire College squad are expected to be in Division 1 next season. Three of the successful students are currently studying for a Tier 3 esports qualification at Cheshire College.

The two-year full-time course was introduced in 2021 and is designed to support progression into employment in one of the world’s fastest growing industries. The course has already seen success earlier this year with a team of nine students placing third in the North Finals of Digital Schoolhouse’s Super Smash Bros Tournament in March 2022.

Following their recent victory, the team received a Champions Trophy, as well as individual accolades for each player, including the coveted Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for Luke Scully.

Phil Farrington, Deputy Head of Visual and Performing Arts at Cheshire College, said: “We are extremely proud of the students who have demonstrated their skills at national level. Their victory was a major achievement and we look forward to more competitions.

“The gaming industry is set to have a revenue forecast of £219 billion by 2027 and this expected growth means the sector is set to become one of the fastest growing in the world which could create opportunities amazing for our existing and prospective Esports students. ”


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