From 21st to 25th August Peabody Housing, The PopUp Business School, Game and Charlton Athletic Football Club will host a national first; a gaming festival with an educational core. The Void Gaming Festival will aim to teach young people how they can make money playing video games for an entire week in Thamesmead, South East London. The festival will have its grand opening at The Link in Thamesmead at 12pm Monday 21st August. It will run from 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Wednesday after that.
The gaming industry is growing rapidly (from $101.1bn in 2016 to an estimated $128.5bn in 2020) and now more than ever it is possible to create careers and make money doing what you love. With young people making money running YouTube Channels, getting sponsored to play games or to take part in e-sports competitions there has never been a better opportunity to get involved in gaming.
Since 2011, PopUp Business School has been travelling around the UK teaching people how to make money doing what they love. They hope this project will encourage young people to take ownership of their lives and give them the opportunity to make money from their passion. Parents are telling their children to play less on the computer, yet there have never been more opportunities to create a career from gaming and computers.
Over £1billion is currently being invested in Thamesmead, making it not only the biggest regeneration project in London but one of the biggest in the UK. Home to more than 45,000 people, Thamesmead has the capacity for another 20,000 new homes and thousands of high value new jobs, complemented by a new leisure, cultural and commercial offer for the town and for London.

The Void Gaming Festival will give gamers the chance to do the following;

Play the latest blockbuster video games
Play independent games
Try out the latest virtual reality games, including Playstation VR and Oculus Rift
Learn about what it takes to make money in the gaming industry
A chance to network with industry professionals

Alan Donegan, Co-Founder of PopUp Business School said: “Our whole purpose is to inspire the next generation that they can create businesses doing what they love, that they can build a career in something that they are passionate about and we are going to do that through gaming.”

Peabody Housing said “We hope residents will make the most of this unique opportunity to meet with gaming professionals and gain an insight into career pathways and
enterprise opportunities, as well as tips on how to stay safe online. We want them to find out what options are out there and essentially help them to reach their full potential.”

Matt Horne, Charlton Athletic Community Trust’s Youth Partnership Manager said “It’s a fantastic 5-day event for the young people in Thamesmead and its surrounding areas. Another example of our strong partnership with Peabody Trust.”

About PopUp Business School

Frustrated by the traditional approach to starting up, co-founders Alan Donegan and
Simon Paine, decided to challenge the system when they set up five years ago. Forget suits, ties and briefcases. PopUp Business School is all about offering BIG opportunities to every member of society, including lone parents, the unemployed, people with
disability, ex-offenders and other disadvantaged members of the community.

PopUp Business School is the polar opposite of tried and tested approaches to enterprise support. Rather than preach the importance of business plans, company structures and loan funding, Donegan and Paine turn this model on its head to achieve far greater results. Using a combination of the latest online business models and a rapid approach to sales, PopUp Business School is fast, smart and seriously hard-hitting and their results speak for themselves.

Peabody in Thamesmead
When Peabody acquired Gallions, Trust Thamesmead and Tilfen Land in 2014, it meant housing, community investment and over 100 acres of developable land in Thamesmead became owned by a single, well-resourced organisation for the first time in a generation.
Last year, Peabody announced its proposals for a £1bn regeneration programme for Thamesmead over the next ten years. This, together with two Housing Zones, which are being led by the London Borough of Bexley and Royal Borough Greenwich and delivered by Peabody with funding from the Mayor of London’s office, makes Thamesmead not only the biggest regeneration project in Thamesmead but one of the biggest in the UK.
Peabody has been creating opportunities for Londoners since 1862, when it was established by the American banker and philanthropist, George Peabody. Our mission is to
ensure that as many people as possible have a good home, a real sense of purpose and a strong feeling of belonging.
Housing associations, Peabody and Family Mosaic merged to create a new Peabody in July 2017. Working across 21 locations in London and the South East, we own and
manage more than 55,000 homes, providing affordable housing for around 111,000 people.
About Charlton Athletic Community Trust

The community programme at Charlton Athletic Football Club was established in 1992 and became Charlton Athletic Community Trust in 2003. It delivers a variety of programmes and project across South East London and Kent to improve employment, health and reduce crime. Find out more 

Notes to the Editor

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Event Address: Bazalgette Way,Off Harrow Manor Way, Thamesmead, London, SE2 9BS.

The gaming industry and enterprise industry is worth £3.8billion in the UK alone and $100billion worldwide, that’s bigger than the TV and film industry combined.

Charlton Athletic players will be joining in the fun and will take part in a FIFA tournament

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Founded in 2011, The PopUp Business School is a business school that is the polar opposite of 'traditional' enterprise support. PopUp Business School travel around the U.K teaching people how to start businesses. They don't believe in loans, business plans or complex financial forecasts. They focus on sales and making money.