Junior chess clubs coaching experience
Accredited Chess Coach – English Chess Federation (ECF)
Having more than 40 years experience working in the community, I am passionate about teaching children how to play chess. So in March 2006 I started the Greenwich Chess Group after my year-long research highlighted the low levels of chess tuition in Royal Greenwich schools.
I decided to start teaching children and young people how to play chess and to promote the game as both an educational aid and a socially inclusive activity. Now in my 16th year of teaching chess, I’ve taught over 1500 children in Croydon and in the London boroughs of Royal Greenwich, Brent; Lewisham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark. I’ve previously taught at Virgo Videlis; Kidbrooke Park, Northcote Lodge, Adamsrill, Brentfield, Holy Trinity C of E (Tulse Hill), Foxfield, Gordonbrook, Streatham Wells, South Rise, Convent of Jesus and Mary RC, John Keble, St Jude’s (Herne Hill), Charlton Manor, Christchurch (Brondesbury) Plumcroft, Woodhill, Millennium; Gladstone Park, Our Lady of Dolours RC, Greenslade and Cherry Orchard primary schools; and Plumstead Manor Girls, London Nautical, Walworth Academy, Deptford Green and Elm Court secondary schools.Could playing chess help children in your child's school improve their self-esteem, their problem-solving skills & to get on better with other children? Click To Tweet
I presently teach chess at St Dunstan’s College in Catford and Rutherford House primary school in Balham.
I understand the commitment needed to develop talented players so I also operate five different junior chess clubs during the week in Herne Hill SE24, on Tuesday evenings; Croydon CR0 on Wednesday mornings (homeschooled children only); Eltham SE9, on Wednesday evenings; Plumstead SE18 on Friday afternoons and in Crofton Park SE23, on Saturday afternoons.
Children as young as six years old can attend and I deliver all teaching sessions and supervise all games and puzzles. I believe that there is still lots of scope to encourage and teach many more girls and boys to participate into local junior chess tournaments. One of my objectives is to identify and develop talented players into teams to represent their respective boroughs at junior chess tournaments.
I took part in and helped to organise the Lewisham ChessFest event in April 2010 which was held at various sites around the borough of Lewisham; two Libraries, a community centre, a local Archive Centre, a primary school and in the Town Centre. Over 250 adults and children attended and played chess together throughout the month.
I also enjoy promoting the introduction of junior chess into as many London schools as I can and encourage children to enter the Kent Junior Chess Association’s (KJCA) 8 Grand Prix tournaments which starts in the new junior chess club season every September.
Being active and self motivated my general aim is to create more awareness of junior chess and to popularise teaching the game to younger girls and boys and teenage girls as well. The profile of chess needs to be improved so that more parents understand the educational and social benefits that chess has to offer their children. I have a particular interest in the relationship between children playing chess together and the impact that this has on their quality of life at home, at school, and how this affects the way children behave and relate to their peers in the community.
Taught well, most children can excel at almost everything they do regularly, so I intend to promote chess in a way that improves the intellectual development of children to change their attitudes to thinking and learning. These important attributes should develop the necessary Soft skills they need to help them get along better with other people and enhance their concentration, problem-solving and analytical skills as well. I really believe that most children like to play games and would like to have a go at chess. However, the challenge is finding different ways to boost their confidence so that more of them are motivated to just simply come along, join in and have a go.
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