Kate Parker

FIFA contest for disabled students proves game-changing


There are plenty of anecdotal reports about how transformational gaming can be for those with additional needs. But one specialist college is aiming to prove just how effective the activity is at boosting outcomes via a ‘research competition’ aimed at young people with physical disabilities. Kate Parker reports

FIFA contest for disabled students proves game-changing

Dan is 21. He is a student at National Star College in Gloucestershire and, like many others his age, he is absolutely obsessed with playing FIFA. Luckily, his tutor, Simon, is also esports mad. And when the two learned about the AoC Sport FIFA 21 Cup, hosted by the Association of Colleges (AoC) and the British Esports Association throughout lockdown, they were determined that Dan would take part.

However, Dan’s FIFA setup looks a little different to others’, because he has cerebral palsy. He uses a power chair and an eye-gaze communication device. He has four switches connected to an Xbox ...

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