Nigel Wright wrote:Yeah, that's good, and hopefully some of the super rich and very successful independent schools (ie Nottingham Boys High School) could give their free sets to less fortunate and more needy schools than themselves? There are plenty of independent schools out there catering for disabled and unfortunate children, who rely on private backers and fund raising to provide the bare necessities...
Nigel Wright wrote:Yeah, the press release thing was what I was thinking, but although it gives them more credit than probably deserved, at least it would also give publicity to the scheme and what is trying to be achieved, and much-needed publicity for the schools that aren't doing as well as others.
Tony Robson wrote:I am delighted that the organisers have at last agreed that Independent Schools can also be included in this project.
The Youth Chess Academy that I run locally is attended by a mix of children from State Schools, Independent Schools, and taught at home! You will not be surprised to hear that they build friendships across these three learning disciplines, based mainly on their shared interest in chess and to a lesser degree on their matching ages. Similarly, differences in colour, creed, nationality and gender quickly get ignored. In this way, I firmly believe that my Academy is a strong force for social cohesion within the community.
At least, having both State and Independent Schools in the Holloid project might now mean that we can start to break down any artificial divisions between the two systems.
Reading the threads on this Forum, I have to keep reminding myself that the end purpose of this exercise is surely not to bring chess sets to schools, but rather to bring chess to children.
However, from what I have read, I am a little uncertain as to whether my Academy would qualify to receive any of Holloid's chess sets...
I hope my comments here helped move this discussion forward in a constructive way.
andrew martin wrote:I think we can all agree this is a worthwhile project.
Can you tell me a little more about this ' Chess for Schools' project ?
As ECF Manager of Coaching and someone who has earned a living as a professional coach for 20 years, started up various chess scholarships in schools and probably know more about this area than most other chess players/teachers/coaches in the country, this is another scheme I have not been informed about.
It would be nice to have been in the loop,but this forum is obviously a remarkable way to gain information.
andrew martin wrote:One more thing-you mentioned a Chess for Schools project team.
Who, EXACTLY, is on the team ?
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