In October 2011 I was appointed by Sussex Junior Chess as their Academy Director for the South-West Sussex area.
Sussex Junior Chess established the Chess Academy concept as a way of encouraging wider participation in chess. The programme seeks to liaise with schools within a geographic area and then to tailor fun, innovative, and age and experience appropriate chess events to suit that community. It is hoped that this will bring chess to a new audience, encouraging them to learn to play chess and offering them a path for progression through local clubs to County and even National level events.
The South-West Sussex area is loosely defined as the coastal strip between Worthing and Chichester. The Academy is currently being set up and 11 schools have already expressed an interest in being involved.
4th Academy Tournament: Thursday 4th July 2013, hosted by Broadwater First & Middle School, Worthing
62 children aged 5 – 12 attended from 13 different schools. Results, report and photos.
3rd Academy Tournament: Thursday 25th October, hosted by Broadwater First & Middle School, Worthing and kindly sponsored by the Worthing County Committee.
Nearly 60 children aged 6 – 11 attended from 8 different schools. Results, report and photos.
2nd Academy Tournament: Thursday 5th July, hosted by Broadwater First & Middle School, Worthing.
39 children aged 6 – 13 attended from 10 different schools – results
1st Academy Tournament: Monday 19th Match, hosted by West Park First & Middle School, Worthing.
88 children aged 6 – 13 attended from 12 different schools – results