Wii Cup Challenge helps local communities to get online

Published: Oct 28th, 2013 | Author: Laura Simpson

Get IT Together projects in Gwynedd, Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) and Caerphilly, Citizens Online, BT, Communities 2.0 and partners recently supported Get online week, an annual campaign from UK online centres to help people get digital.

This year, Get Caerphilly Online organised a Wii ten-pin bowling challenge that saw 12 teams participate from across Caerphilly County Borough and North Wales. Six venues in Caerphilly Borough and one in Gwynedd participated in the tournament – including a residential home, a sheltered housing complex, and a day centre.  The event was supported by Get IT Together staff from our Caerphilly, Gwynedd and RCT projects.

Regular updates from the tournament were tweeted using the hashtag #wiicup2013 and the results were posted on the Get Caerphilly Online blog.

Alexandra Court, an unsupported housing scheme in Ynysddu, scored the highest amount of points and was awarded the official Wii Cup 2013, sponsored by Get Online@Home. Residents at Alexandra Court enjoyed the tournament so much, they have decided to club together to buy a Wii Sports kit so that they can have regular sessions.

Matthew Lloyd, Communities 2.0 ICT Broker for Caerphilly who organised the tournament, said: “This is the second time we at Get Caerphilly Online have run a Wii Challenge Wednesday and it was fantastic to see the event expand and see a team from North Wales joining in.

“The event is all about having fun with technology, sometimes dusting down that piece of equipment that hasn’t been used for a while and enjoying with friends.  It is brilliant to see the competitive streak come through within the groups especially when they can see their standings against other teams which we updated live on our website. The added bonus this time was the prize of a cup for the winning team sponsored by Get Online@Home along with a laptop for one participant. “


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