A really enjoyable day. All of the children loved it and enjoyed each game they played. Lots of opportunities for reasoning and problem solving. Nice for the children to mix up and meet other children. Thank you.
Instructions were clear and staff were very engaging, was great for children to work with other schools.
As an Assistant Service Manager for Enrichment and Learning my rolee involves managing the Children’s University team in Sheffield and supporting enrichment and youth work projects in the city.
Sheffield Children’s University, part of Sheffield City Council, has worked with Imagination Gaming for several years as one of our accredited Learning Destinations. Nigel and Chris have provided a reliable and high quality service to young people in the city using modern board and card games to both educate and entertain. We have found Imagination Gaming to be inventive and flexible in their approach to supporting young people from a range of different backgrounds and abilities.
Some of the work they have done for Sheffield Children’s University includes:
- The development of an educational games box at 3 key stages, including an explanatory booklet and work towards an extensive inter-school games tournament, which was very well received by our participating primary schools. Games were carefully selected to promote numeracy, literacy and social skills.
- A Games Tournament tailored to the needs of a local special school
- Regular open access games workshops in local libraries and the Winter Gardens for children and families to enjoy together.
- A dedicated gaming day pulling together various different gaming retail outlets from across the city to showcase their specialisms and allow families to try new games out.
Example comments from staff and pupils at schools participating in Games Tournament:
Teacher comment: The benefits were to build the children’s confidence and to be able to work as team working with other children from across Sheffield.
Pupil comment: “Taking part in the Games tournament made me feel part of a team, also it was nice to visit another school and make new friends”
Teacher comment: Now the students have the buzz from the day they are telling other students who then want to join the club. Also school will buy other similar games from Imagination Gaming so the students don’t get bored with the same ones all the time.
Pupil comment: “Taking part in the Games tournament made me feel…more confident in meeting students from other schools, helps me with spelling.
Kirklees Libraries have worked with Chris and Imagination Gaming on regularly over many years now and we always really look forward to these events. He always delivers an incredibly fun, top-notch event which everyone really enjoys.
Recently we've hosted some inter-school tournaments with up to 8 schools playing games together. It was so lovely to see children from different schools mixing together, laughing and playing.
We have also run family workshops at various libraries throughout the region over the years, and Chris has the knack to find exactly the right games to suit every age and ability. We always receive fantastic, positive feedback from the children, parents and teachers... I don't think there has been anyone who hasn't enjoyed the sessions.
It is a lovely, fun way of getting people together, doing something a bit different and exciting for a couple of hours.