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Montreal April 23, 2019 – The Montreal Esports Academy (MEA) together with Lester B. Pearson High School are proud to announce their partnership in order to offer an Esports Competitive Concentration program to the students of this institution as early as fall 2019, a first for the Quebec English-speaking community !
Our program is the first in Canada to offer training focused on the healthy practice of video games. E-athletes, just like traditional sports athletes, must be in a state of optimal physical and mental well-being in order to perform at their best. Such a program has the similar benefits for participants as traditional sports programs, like the improvement of their physical and psychological health, socialization, reinforcement of their sense of belonging and team spirit, the increase of self-motivation and reduction of high school dropout rates, to only name a few. We also believe that coaching and education are great ways to prevent cyber addiction and cyberbullying.
The program will be officially presented at the Lester B. Pearson High School on Wednesday, May 1st at 7 p.m.
Our program is built on the acquisition of sustainable skills and applicable to other areas.
Students will head to the MEA for esports training in the afternoon after their regular school in the morning. The students will be paired with the Edouard-Montpetit High School cohort.
36 weeks – 5 days a week – 3 hours a day – 540 hours a year
1 flexible day per week for study or play
Distribution of daily time (approximately)
- 30 minutes of physical activity
- 60 minutes of theory
- 90 minutes of play
ABOUT LESTER B. PEARSON HIGH SCHOOL
Lester B. Pearson High School stresses the development of the whole person. This includes the moral, intellectual, physical, emotional, aesthetic, social and cultural development of the individual. We aim to produce a bilingual, socially-conscious graduate aware of civic duties and responsibilities. Our students will be prepared either to enter the workplace or continue their studies in the various paths open to them. Some may choose to follow professional programs offered in our network of high schools or private institutions; others will qualify for CEGEP career programs or CEGEP pre-university courses. Our ultimate goal is to prepare each student to make a significant contribution to society through his/her chosen path.
Lester B. Pearson High School
11575, rue P.M. Favier Montréal-Nord, (Québec) H1G 6E5
ABOUT THE MONTREAL ESPORTS ACADEMY
The first standalone Academy dedicated to esports in America!
The Montreal Esports Academy (MEA) was launched on April 23, 2018 to provide coaching for the practice of esports in the greater Montreal area. The first edition of its day camps was successful with more than 120 registrations and more than 4,500 hours of physical activities. The MEA then expanded its offer to a competitive esports concentration program, in partnership with Édouard-Montpetit High School.
Since January 2019, MEA has come under the umbrella of the Esports Academy of Canada (AEC) in order to meet the growing demand for esports services and to cover a larger territory. The creation of the Académie Esports de Quebec (AEQ) in January 2019 demonstrates the desire of the Academy to democratize the practice of esports and provide the necessary support for young e-athletes across the country.
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Some reminder points and facts :
Electronic sport to teach healthy lifesyle, academic success, counter isolationism, cyberaddiction and prevent school dropout !
Such a program has the same benefits for participants as traditional sports programs. Improvement of physical and psychological health, socialization, reinforcement of the sense of belonging (team spirit), increase of self-motivation and reduction of school dropping, to name only these. Coaching and education are great ways to prevent cyberaddiction and cyberbullying. Our program promotes a healthy and structured practice of video games, which did not exist at the time.
You can read a preview of the Program Structure offered at École Edouard-Montpetit and this structure will be similar to our other partner institutions such as Collège du Mont-Sainte-Anne. Students will go to their regular school in the morning (or afternoon) and travel to the Academy for their esports training in the second half of their school day.
On September 14th, 2018, the Montreal Esports Academy (MEA) has announced with an immense enthusiasm the launch of the very first 100% Esports-Studies Program in Canada. This program, launched in collaboration with the Édouard-Montpetit High School of la Commissions scolaire de Montréal, is a major step forward for the growth of esports in Quebec and Canada. The famous Hashtag <# Esportsétudes> spread like wildfire in social networks during the first hours in from the United States of America to the shores of France (French only). The Edouard Montpetit high school received a correspondence from le Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, in October 2018, to follow up proper appellation and, hopefully, the ministry will be listening to our young people through us for their development on this global phenomenon in which Quebec could be a potential leader!
On February 4, 2019, the Montreal Esports Academy (MEA) has announced its partnership with le Collège du Mont-Sainte-Anne for a an Esports Competitive Concentration (EEC) for its students in the city of Sherbrooke.
On February 15, 2019, the Montreal Esports Academy (MEA) has announced its partnership with le Collège Reine-Marie or a an Esports Competitive Concentration (EEC) for its students in the municipal borough of Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension in Montreal. This is a third school to commit to offering its students such concentration for the next school year and a second school on the island of Montreal.
On April 23, 2019, the Montreal Esports Academy (MEA) announce its partnership with the Lester B. Pearson High School of the EMSB for an Esports Competitive Concentration (EEC) for its students of the borough of Montreal North and for the Quebec English-speaking community.
Concentration in electronic sport (esports) and other similar programs in Quebec not affiliated with the MEA or the Academies Esports of Canada
Our program is the first in Canada to offer instruction focused on the healthy practice of video games and to do so in a formula equivalent to the various traditional Sport-études programs in Quebec (French only). It is therefore through our unique approach that we can differentiate ourselves from electronic sport concentration programs or other similar programs. In addition, our program is 100% esports and does not include computer programming, arts or other non-related to the pure development of an e-athlete who wishes to win the first place on the podium at eSports tournaments in Canada and around the world.
It is important to note that our program is not a Sport-études program. This nuance is very important because, unfortunately, the fact that esports are not recognized as a sport in our province is blocking access to all government programs such as Sport-études. La Fédération québécoise des sports électroniques is actively working to make e-sports a reality, as it is already the case in no less than 22 countries, and another 24 countries will soon follow.