MP champions chess in schools

STEPHEN Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, is championing the value of playing chess in schools after recently visiting the UK’s largest chess festival organised by Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC).

CSC already teaches chess to pupils at East Tilbury Primary School and the local MP is hoping that more schools will follow suit.

The formation of CSC was inspired by research demonstrating the links between the teaching of chess in schools and their pupil’s academic performance. International chess player Martin Malcolm Pein made his vision a reality in 2010, teaching chess to schools and inner city communities to improve children’s educational outcomes and foster their social development.

In three years CSC have introduced chess to over 250 schools in over 50 boroughs across England and Wales and taught the game to over 30,000 children.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “Chess is universally inclusive, crossing all barriers of class, gender, age, disability, and language. It also has a host of benefits for children and young people, encouraging them to plan ahead, strategise, and prioritise. The self esteem that can gained from learning to play is invaluable, as is the opportunity to learn good sportsmanship.”

“The educational advantages of having chess in schools are well established and I hope that more schools in South Basildon and East Thurrock will get plugged in with the great work of CSC.”

For further information on the work of CSC and to find out how your school can be involved please visit: www.chessinschools.co.uk

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