Gaming giant Nintendo’s UK arm has announced a new partnership with not-for-profit programme Digital Schoolhouse.

The Japanese gaming company, which has produced nearly 20 million games consoles this year, will be the lead partner for the project, which is delivered by UK trade body Ukie.

The Digital Schoolhouse programme is designed to provide play-based learning to more than 30,000 school pupils during the 2019 school year.

The partnership includes Nintendo UK’s support of its national schools eSports tournament, ‘Digital Schoolhouse Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Team Battle’.

The tournament give students experience in eSports-related roles and has a planned roll out across 60 UK schools and colleges.

“Nintendo UK is extremely excited to be working together with Ukie’s Digital Schoolhouse as lead partner,” said Nintendo UK head of communications Kalpesh Tailor.

“The Digital Schoolhouse programme uniquely combines computing, fun, creativity and innovation, all of which are synonymous and at the heart of Nintendo’s values.

“Through this collaborative partnership, we aim to reach more teachers and pupils than ever before, in order to help inspire the next generation of young minds across the UK.”

Shahneila Saeed, director of Digital Schoolhouse added: “We’re delighted Nintendo UK has agreed to throw its support behind Digital Schoolhouse.

“DSH has evolved enormously in just three years and their support means we can reach more pupils and teachers than ever with our transformative and inspiring programme.

“To date, these partnerships have helped DSH achieve national expansion and rapid growth, which is testament to the significant commitment from schools across the country to improve their digital skills provision.”