Yes...Chess is not a sport in the traditional sense. Even though it can involve athletic activity...rushing round the congress hall to summon/find an Arbitor..
And for league players..they have to rush round after tea, speed off in there cars to find obscure venues....and hastily access cupboards full of chess equipment, to ensure that matches start on time.
But seriously, it is time that our many social and cultural...and Arts.. (non profit making) clubs, societies and other bodies were given similar favourable treatment to other sports.
How can we get this huge army mobilised into some form of high profile action..
Maybe we should send a delegation (armed with suitable advertizing banners and publicity material..), down to Parliament and shower those MPs with box loads of old chess sets.
Or maybe something more appropriate...award the PM some honorary chess title, and present him with one of those `high tech` digital clocks.
Not sure about `Charitable status....` that should be reserved for genuine Charitable bodies.
And we must avoid becoming spongers....these bodies must go out and fight for the monies and resourses they need. No free breakfasts.
Thats one of our big challenges....all hands to the pump.