WHY START A HIGH SCHOOL LOL CLUB?
The goal of the High School League of Legends Clubs initiative is to support schools and students in cultivating acceptable online behaviour and good sportsmanship. Alongside this, a LoL club provides a space where students can enjoy playing video games, feel accepted and make new friends. Student gamers who may not always engage with traditional clubs or sports can learn about the values of teamwork and sportsmanship and be excited to be having fun in their school. Before getting in contact with us, we encourage you to find out more about LoL and clubs by checking out the Getting Started and the Resource tab.
ABOUT THE CLUB DIRECTORY
It’s important to note that schools are only included on the Club Directory with the written consent of the school staff member running the club, and the information can be removed at any time. The directory exists to give students visibility of their school’s LoL club and for school staff members to view the other schools who are running clubs in Oceania, in case they want to swap educational learnings or start a friendly competition between clubs.
STARTING YOUR CLUB
We regularly talk with school staff members to offer support and advice, as well as share new information about the High School League of Legends Clubs initiative. The team at Riot Games Oceania is happy to talk with you about why you might want to start a club, offer help and advice, and share lessons learned from working with other high school clubs. To get in contact with us and start receiving support, fill out the form below. We will respond via email to set up a time to speak about your club and to answer any questions you have about this initiative.
While a high school League of Legends club should definitely be fun, it’s more than a place to play games. It’s a place for you and other students to come together as equals; to teach and learn from each other; to build up skills like teamwork, respect and resilience. A League of Legends club must be run by a teacher, but you can help get things started by talking to the teachers at your school and finding one who is motivated and interested in running a club.
Check out this page for tips on how to approach the conversation with your teachers. Then, when they’re ready to learn more, link them to oce.leaguehighschool.com where they’ll be able to see what the initiative is all about. The team at Riot Games Oceania will then be more than happy to work with this teacher/school staff member to help get the wheels turning.
- Lesley PodestaCEO of Alannah & Madeline FoundationThe Alannah & Madeline Foundation is passionate about creating safe online environments for young people. By bringing gaming to schools through clubs, we hope that teachers can set examples of fair play and guide discussions to create positive and healthy behaviour in students.
- Carlos FigueiredoDirector of Community Trust & Safety at Two Hat SecurityRiot Games is leading the way with high school League of Legends clubs, offering students and teachers an invaluable opportunity to explore and practise online citizenship in a unique way. Dedicated to producing long-lasting results, Riot Games is shaping new online citizens who are learning how to use digital platforms with purpose and awareness.
- Stanley ChangScience Teacher at Howick College in AucklandStudents in general were eager to play the game with each other but most importantly, they were able to use the club as a platform to communicate with other students they have never spoken to. In a way, the club allowed students to develop new friendships and bonds.
- Dan RaisbeckCo-Founder of The Cybersmile FoundationThe LoL High School initiative is an incredible opportunity for schools to address many of the important issues young people are now facing in the digital age. Positive engagement, peer to peer support, teamwork, resilience, confidence, digital citizenship and developing new friendships are just some of the benefits that schools are teaching and experiencing with this exciting new opportunity.
- Kurt SquireProfessor at University of California, IrvineThe work Riot Games is doing to promote sportsmanship through schools and gaming clubs is critically important as we try to help a generation grow up online. Riot is giving teachers, parents, and students tools and frameworks to think through the challenges we all face in the digital age, and taking a leadership role in shaping how the next generation of athletics takes shape.
- Karin MillerAuthor of Global Values: A New Paradigm for a New World and Founder of OurNewEvolution.orgIn a polarised world torn apart by isolationism and the pursuit of individual short-term gain at the expense of the whole, League of Legends clubs promote holistic values of cooperation, competitive integrity and respect for others. Gaming is a powerful way to teach our youth how to work together to heal the wounds that divide us and Riot Games is leading the way.
- Steven Van Garderen Hard Materials Technology Teacher at Manurewa High SchoolAlmost every day I get a student come up to me and ask if I am the teacher that plays games… It is a way that teachers and students can bridge a really important gap that forms a new relationship.
- Anne CollierFounder, iCanHelpline.orgThe LoL Clubs initiative [is] both brilliant and logical. What I mean is, think about how tough it would be to teach swimming without a pool. High School League of Legends Clubs give schools the opportunity to facilitate digital citizenship in digital environments, the only kind of place where it could ever really be practised.