June 11, 2021
Letter from the Camp Director, Jeffery Collett
Hello Training Grounds Families and Participants,
It has a been a great spring session with our campers and I really can’t believe that the time has passed so quickly. I think the rapid passage of time must have something to do with having successful camps running and working in an industry that we all love! We are truly honored to work on a project like this and provide a service that doesn’t just focus on gaming, but being a better person. I know that my sports background tells me there is a real need for youth development in the esports world that is currently underserved.
As fast as spring has come and gone, summer is now upon us. We have released our summer schedule on our website and will be ramping up the amount of camps we are offering! We will continue to run our successful 6-week and 5-day camps and look to serve new regions by extending our camp options to all of North America, not just the U.S. Finally, we’ve quietly been piloting adult camps for ages 18+ and they seem to be a big hit. While our adult and youth communities will be separate, our core values will remain the same. Development and education in esports while providing a fun and engaging platform to meet others with common interests.
The Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and Cloud9 are thrilled to today announce an exciting new partnership dedicated to growing esports for youth on a national level.
With growth in esports continuing to accelerate at an incredible rate, the need for qualified coaches is stronger than ever, especially with youth. By combining PCA’s proven research-based methodology and resources with Cloud9’s commitment to youth development through the Training Grounds program, Training Grounds is better able to deliver a positive all-around educational esports experience for all of its players.
PCA and Cloud9 began cultivating these positive environments for esports at the beginning 2021, with the help of Positive Coaching Alliance workshops. Together, PCA and Cloud9 committed to certifying coaches through a joint program of PCA and Cloud9 material, which featured custom scenarios, language, and awareness of the esports experience. We look forward to generating these same efforts on a nationwide scale.
We are also excited to announce that Cloud9 CEO and Co-Founder, Jack Etienne, will join PCA’s world-class National Advisory Board alongside a number of other renowned sports leaders. Alongside his wealth of esports knowledge, Jack will help increase awareness and shed light on how esports can best be utilized to create a positive sports culture and environment for youth.