Richard Weekes Chess Coach

Richard Weekes’ Chess Coaching experience
Accredited Chess Coach – English Chess Federation (ECF)

I have more than 40 years experience working in the community and I’ve been passionate about junior chess for some time. In March 2006 I started the Greenwich Chess Group after my research highlighted the low levels of chess activity in Greenwich schools.

I decided to start teaching children and young people how to play and to promote the game as both an educational aid and a socially inclusive activity. I’ve introduced chess to over 1400 children in primary and secondary schools in Royal Greenwich, Brent; Lewisham, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark and I’ve previously taught at Virgo Videlis; Kidbrooke Park, Northcote Lodge, Adamsrill, Brentfield, Holy Trinity C of E (Tulse Hill), Foxfield, Streatham Wells, South Rise, 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 primaries; and Plumstead Manor Girls, London Nautical, Walworth Academy and Deptford Green secondaries.

I presently teach at both St Dunstan’s College and Elm Court, secondary schools and Gordonbrock, Convent of Jesus and Mary RC and Rutherford House, primary schools.

I understand the commitment needed to develop talented players so I also operate six different chess clubs during the week in Lewisham SE13, on Monday mornings (home schoolers only), Herne Hill SE24, on Tuesday evenings; Eltham SE9, on Wednesday evenings; Harlesden NW10, on Thursday afternoons; 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 attract and teach many more new players and to encourage both girls and boys to participate into local chess tournaments. One of my many objectives is to identify and develop talented players into teams to represent their respective boroughs at chess tournaments.

I took part in the first 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 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 start in the new junior chess season every September.

Being active and self motivated my general aim is to create more awareness of chess; to popularise teaching it to both younger girls and boys and teenage girls as well; and to raise the profile of the game 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 in their families, at school, and how they behave and relate to their peers in the community.

Taught well, most children excel, so I intend to use chess in a way that improves the intellectual development of children to change their attitudes to thinking and learning. These skills should develop the necessary Soft skills they need to help them get along better with their peers 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 play chess. However, the challenge is finding different ways to boost their confidence so that more of them are motivated to just simply come along to have a go.

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Richard Weekes
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Email : rwchessacademy@hotmail.co.uk

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