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Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) is a UK wide charity whose aim is to introduce chess to every child at primary school. A number of schools in Cardiff and Swansea are now receiving coaching via CSC and there are hopes to expand the project in the future.
As part of CSCs drive to raise chess up the political agenda eight pupils under the CSC scheme from Wales were given the opportunity to participate in CSCs Birthday event held at the House of Commons where they had the chance to meet Garry Kasparov and to play Nigel Short in a simul. Report and Photos
In order to raise awareness of the educational benefits of chess in the political arena CSC are promoting an Early Day Motion (EDM 2158) the wording of which is as follows:
That this House recognises the positive social and intellectual benefits for all children across the social spectrum of learning chess at a young age and the relatively low costs of teaching it in schools; notes that while chess currently receives no financial support from the UK government, many European countries including Sweden and France financially support chess in schools; further notes that the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth would welcome UK support for the Chess in Schools project being developed by the ECU and the Kasparov Chess Foundation; welcomes the work of the UK based charity Chess in Schools and Communities which teaches chess to primary school children from less affluent backgrounds; and calls on the government to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to learn chess at primary school within existing resources.
If you agree with the EDM you can ask you MP to sign it. In order to find out who your MP is you can enter your postcode at this site and / or you can write to your MP.
Sarah Kett (Development Director)