Gaming center to offer virtual sports
The new Immersion Virtual Reality Center gaming center in Okehampton will feature virtual reality sports as part of Okehampton Sports Week to inspire more people to get active.
As part of Okehampton Sports and Fitness Week, organized in conjunction with the Okehampton Community and Recreation Association (OCRA), Immersion will offer people the opportunity to participate in sports such as virtual skiing and virtual bowling in hopes it might encourage people who don’t like traditional sports to get active.
Owner Ryan Arthurs said: “Virtual reality allows people who may not want access to traditional sports to be active and engage in new activities.
‘With virtual reality you can try skiing, mindfulness, bowling as well as our regular club session and a special golf competition on Super Sporting Sunday. Come down and try it.
“Visitors are always welcome to come in, chat and see what we’re talking about.”
Since opening six months ago, the center has engaged with a wide range of people, including groups such as Who Let The Dads Out, and has helped homeschooled children access new technology to help to provide play opportunities for all.
In support of Mental Health Month, the center also hosted VR meditation sessions for users to visit relaxing environments including the ocean, space, tranquil lakes and beaches.
Mr Arthurs added: “It’s great to offer something different to the community, usually people have to travel to Exeter and Plymouth to access new technology.
‘We now have some of the best gaming facilities in the South West in Okehampton and we want to continue to increase what we have to offer here and with the new train service from Exeter it also offers another reason to come to Okehampton and see what we have on offer.’
Mr Arthurs also runs the business South West Coding which visits local schools to provide coding, animation and Lego robot building clubs, as well as a gifted and talented morning where local schools are invited to learn about coding with Lego robots.
Okehampton Sports and Fitness Week takes place from July 17 at venues around Okehampton to give residents the chance to try a new sport.
The flagship Super Sporting Sunday event will take place on July 24, but other activities will take place throughout the week, including the Countdown cricket competition and the mixed rounders competition.
OCRA was established in 1990 and aims to provide residents of Okehampton and surrounding areas with the opportunity to get involved in sports.
For more information on the week, visit the OCRA website at www.ocrasport.org.uk/sports-festival-2021.