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Chess Builds Healthy Well-being - London 2012 Olympics Inspire Day Cardiff


May 16th


Craigfelen Primary School Swansea and St Paul's Primary School Cardiff were involved with the Inspire Day 2012 in Cardiff. 

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The children from both schools are taught chess during curricular time through the charity 'chess in schools and the community'.   The Chess coaches involved are affiliated to The Welsh Chess Union. The project called - 'Chess Builds Healthy Well-being' was organised through the WCU to link to the London 2012 Olympics. During the project children compare the attributes needed to become a strong chess player to that of a sport's competitor in the Olympic Games.  The finished work will culminate in an exhibition showing their research findings.  Visit Oriel Bach, Mumbles from 25th June.


During the Inspire Mark Day in The Haze Square in Cardiff centre the children played against each other and were also challenged by members of the public.   St Pauls School, Cardiff are the current joint Welsh School Team champions and Craigfelen's team Swansea includes the joint West Wales Under 8 champion.  Members of Cardiff YMCA Chess Club and CSC Chess Coaches were on-hand to support the players and offer impromptu training.


The Inspire Day was a fun event in the sunshine during a busy high street lunchtime.  The children also had the opportunity to take part in other activities involved with The Inspire Day such as street athletics, street football and a sports science workshop.  It was a memorable day that celebrated the community spirit of London 2012 Olympics and allowed these pupils and their teachers to feel part of such a prestigious event." 


Debbie Evans WCU


Junior chess activities are generously supported by a

 grant from the

Welsh Assembly