michele clack wrote:
There is only one answer. We need more chess players!
.....Perhaps we should have a national recruitment week with clubs all trying various promotions at the same time. It might generate some publicity if lots of clubs joined in.
I agree. A national recruitment week sounds great. A national strategy to encourage participation of all ages, genders, backgrounds would be great too.
Adverts with pictures of our young IMs/GMs with the slogan 'Chess is a sport for everyone!' would enhance the profile. Any publicity which appeals to the average man will deliver results. Some people do have the idea that chess is only for 'intellectuals'. I think that this is wrong and needs to be dispelled with a more up to date viewpoint.
I think that this is all connected with improving the perception of chess in this country and making it more appealing to all.
I also think that there should be something done about the numbers that drop off at 11. There seem to be an awful lot. What can we do? I don't know. If we could keep the interest alive, then we would have a healthy crop of adults who in turn would teach their children and keep it going that way.
With numbers falling, the right questions need to be asked and addressed, otherwise money will eventually dry up completely.