School Tournaments

Tournaments and Family Workshops

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.

Name: 

Nicola Boundy

Organisation: 

Kirklees Libraries

A extremely fun way to engage children in learning.

I've known Chris for about 8 years from when I was Deputy at a school where Chris came in to do curriculum days and after-schools with each of the classes. It was the first time that I had seen anything like this provided for schools.

Chris relates so well to children of all ages and has a real knack of teaching games quickly so that they are not spending time listening to lots of rules but getting on and playing lots of games.
In the curriculum days, all the games are well chosen and thought about to develop whatever the school is aiming to improve at that time, whether it be traditional subjects such as maths, english or science, or more rounded skills such as speaking and listening or teamwork. They have games for everything. The children have so much fun and don't even realise how much learning that they are doing.

In my first Headship, we also took advantage of the wonderful tournament days which brought together children from a variety of schools together to play games, have fun and then have a well-organised and smoothly run tournament in the afternoon. Children loved the competitive factor and receiving the trophies and certificates.

I can't recommend Chris (and the other members of the Imagination Gaming team who I have since got to know well) enough for their enthusiasm, knowledge and ability to work with children of all ages and abilities to learn through fun.

Name: 

Neil Harris

Position: 

Headteacher

Organisation: 

St. Mary's Catholic Primary School

Supporting Enrichment and Youth Work Projects in the City

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.

Name: 

Helen Nichols

Position: 

Assistant Service Manager – Enrichment and Learning

Organisation: 

Sheffield City Council

Inter School Tournament at Kirklees Libraries

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.

Name: 

Mr. Cameron

Position: 

Teacher

Organisation: 

St. Paulinus Catholic Primary School

Inter School Tournament at Kirklees Libraries

Instructions were clear and staff were very engaging, was great for children to work with other schools.

Name: 

Mr Williamson

Position: 

Teacher

Organisation: 

Westmoor Primary School

Inter School Tournament at Kirklees Libraries

Thoroughly enjoyable, well explained and demonstrated. The pupils had a fantastic day and smiled the whole time.

Name: 

J Walmsley

Position: 

ETA

Organisation: 

Westmoor Primary School

Inter-School Tournament at Kirklees Libraries

A fantastic day! So well organised and a really enjoyable day out! I'm definitely going to push for Imagination Gaming to come into school.

Name: 

Miss Smith

Position: 

Teacher

Organisation: 

Boothroyd Primary Academy