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Source: DOSBDie Sportjugend Nordrhein-Westfalen will carry out the project “E-Sport as an offer of extra-sporting youth work in sports clubs” over the next three years.

With the support of the Ministry for Children, Family, Refugees and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, competitions in FIFA or Rocket League will also be possible in sports clubs. As part of the nationwide unique project (running from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2023), concepts for implementation are to be implemented of e-sports offers in the structures of organized sport are developed, tested and evaluated. The project comprises four pillars: “In addition to twelve model locations – which are provided with technical equipment – training offers are being developed that enable multipliers to provide educational guidance on e-sports offers and thus quality-assured and responsible work with e-sports offers to ensure. In addition, we are relying on the development of an advisory service for interested clubs and have the project accompanied scientifically ”, explains Jens Wortmann, chairman of the Sportjugend NRW, the project. Dr. Eik-Henning Tappe from the Münster University of Applied Sciences – Department of Social Affairs – is responsible for the scientific support: “This exciting project offers the option of looking at and analyzing the possible effects of an organized, regular gaming offer. Our goal is to work out approaches that sensitize the individual to not only focus on improving game-related skills, but also to explicitly accompany and process the processing of what has been experienced. This pedagogical approach is the starting point for recognizing beneficial and challenging factors that can arise in and through the game process. This is the only way to create a basis for permanently anchoring gaming and e-sport in youth-oriented leisure activities. ”With its wide-ranging project, Sportjugend NRW is building an important bridge between sport and e-sport. The ESBD expressly welcomes the associated openness to e-sports, which particularly inspires young people. We are convinced that every pillar of the project will provide valuable insights for the future, ”adds Martin Müller, Vice President of popular sports at the eSport-Bund Deutschland eV Regardless of the current, societal and (sport) political discussion on possible recognition of e-sports as an independent sport, young people decide on the definition of the term sport. This development gives rise to links to organized sport. The promotion of media skills is to be understood as an educational mandate in the context of modern child and youth work. The development of practical concepts is therefore urgently needed. E-sport as part of digital media culture represents a young, dynamic and new field of activity in the structures of organized sport. (Source: Landessportbund NRW)

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