year of gaming

50,490

So 2017-18... another year has passed but what’s changed? Well, if we’re honest, quite a lot....

 

Where are we going?

Are we still going in to schools, yes, but more than ever before. Do we still do youth clubs and evening events, yes, but again more than we ever have. We are working in more areas with more different activities than we really imagined we would or could. We have more new schools asking us what we do and how can they work with us. We are approached by more events wanting family games based activities and have so many of our previous customers coming back to us asking for more work that is it very humbling and reassuring that we are doing the right things in the right way..  

 

Who are we?

Well we are still the same group of individuals but have grown our numbers recently. We now have our franchisees, Patrick & Barry, down south running their own areas in and around London. We have our friend Andonis running Imagination Gaming over in Cyprus to rave reviews and he has started at pace. We also have a number of other staff that help us at events and behind the scenes that are the hidden heroes of the company. These include but aren’t limited to Nicola, Jacqui, Emma, Kara, Amy and Ella. Thanks to all of you, it’s been a busy 12 months and without you it wouldn’t have been possible.  

 

What are we doing?

As with every year since we began, we’ve got that bit smarter over the last year and some of the work we’ve been doing behind the scenes is about to come to fruition. Aligning games to the UK curriculum, lesson plans for everything and creating partnerships with a range of individuals and companies has helped us to really hone what we do and fully understand what schools need and how we need to deliver our services to them.

 

What’s the result of this been in the last 12 months?

So last year we were busier than ever before and even though the previous year was a record breaking year for us, working with over 32,500 people directly, this year was something else.

After totalling up the numbers September 2017/2018 we have worked with approximately……

50,490

Children, young adults, teachers, class assistants, old people, families, inmates and many other I’m sure. It has been a joy, a pleasure and a privilege, if we are honest, we are just getting started!

So, from the entire team, to everyone that has helped or supported us in any way, we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got up our sleeves in the next 12 months and we'd like to say a very big...

Thank you!

 

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Another Year In The Game!

 

Our end of year report card is in... and it's A*'s all round for Imagination Gaming!

 

It’s been another record-breaking year here at Imagination Gaming.  This year we have challenged, engaged and most definitely had lots of board game fun with over 70,000 Shining Stars …. WOW..

So as another year crosses the finish line and we reflect on our success in 2018/19 what is it that is driving that increase in interactions year on year?  No day is ever the same in Imagination Gaming’s world, what we can and do deliver changes daily but what always stays the same is our unwavering passion that games should be used in schools to enhance the curriculum and make learning fun and accessible to all.  This passion ensures we continue to grow at a rapid pace with new staff, new schools and new events filling up our calendar for 2019 and beyond.

The children are becoming more resilient...

Jodie Palmer, Y2 Teacher, Stocksbridge NI School, Sheffield

Our ongoing partnership with game companies has helped some schools who are feeling the budget cuts to participate in learning activities with us.  These days are valuable to the game companies and to schools in equal amounts and the uptake of these free days by schools and the willingness of the companies to fund more supports our “Lean to Play…Play to learn” ethos.

One Hundred and Thirty (yes 130!) Games were submitted to be judged by us and our panel at our Internationally Acclaimed Imagination Gaming Game Awards this year, another incredible accolade for us. Through play testing with families, children and teachers these awards are a true independent mark of how well received a game is by its intended audience.  This number means we now have new themes, ideas and games from companies old and new to take with us when we engage with our bright sparks, ensuring we have the best range of games available for our all our customers.

On a national basis we continue to expand into more schools, more MATs, and more regions, with work in both Scotland and Ireland upcoming.  There is also more demand for our ongoing services from schools who have tried our stand-alone days and want/need more support for their students in terms of the curriculum and wider work to support learners develop their own character – including their resilience, confidence and independence.

... they are especially skilled at working with those outside the mainstream

Sian Lang, LSA, Grove House School Essex, S.E.N. 8 - 16 years

Internationally we have had interest from several more countries in starting Imagination Gaming in their territories.  To maintain this interest and establish collaborations we continue to book events as public speakers; discussing and imparting the importance of what we do to those who interact with us and we in turn are always fascinated by understanding how schools’ function in other countries and the different ways they look to engage young people. 

Looking forward to 2019/20 we are hoping to have a presence at more of the major social events that happen across the UK.  We plan to continue increasing the number of smaller events and activities that happen too, e.g. local fairs, old people’s homes, youth group events and other social gatherings that would like to engage its members. The number of different events/days that we now offer means that no matter what the age, ability or subject, we have something to offer.

Visitors of all ages were engaged with a variety of games... ... a lot of fun was had by all!

Clare Harris, Charity Manager, Emily Harris Foundation

In Summary 2018/19 has indeed been record breaking, we are expanding our team, growing our interactions and games to play.  Going into 2019/20 we are more eager and excited than ever. Imagine what the next 12 months will bring when you Learn to Play then Play to Learn....

Certificates All Round!

 

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