JUNIORS

The Coventry & District League encourages junior chess players across the District area, and the Midlands to play chess - from over-the-board league chess with their local club, to our annual rapidplay tournaments, and more recently, online. We encourage juniors to play chess at their own school clubs where possible, and we are keen to assist teachers/schools with this.

Currently, we support junior chess players, schools, and junior clubs, in three ways:
  1. Firstly, we welcome Junior teams, to play in our Online League. 
  2. Secondly, we circulate weekly-monthly resources/puzzles (and solutions) for Juniors - from absolute beginners to experienced competitive players. For access to these resources, please get in touch. 
  3. Thirdly, we are working with the University of Warwick Chess Association's Outreach Team to develop online training sessions and resources for juniors/ school-level players. To sign up, please email us.

Our Secretary for Junior Chess, Henry, will be more than happy to lean into any new initiatives that local organisers may have, so please do not hesitate to get in touch [email]. 

Teachers and local organizers in the District Area (based in Coventry, Warwickshire, and the Midlands), who wish to seek support and guidance from the League on building up a chess club, are very welcome to get in touch.

The following clubs, facilitate junior chess in the local area:

Coventry Chess Club

Rugby Chess Club

Kenilworth Chess Club

Nuneaton Chess Club

University of Warwick Chess Association

The following clubs/schools have a specific junior chess offering, fostering chess for under 18s and under 11s:

Rugby Chess Juniors Club., are a junior club associated with Rugby Chess Club, with 20+ members, open to junior chess players, with a range of strengths from beginners to experienced players. Many members also compete in the Megafinal. Contact: Chris, [Email] [Website].

Coventry Juniors, are associated with Coventry Chess Club - keen to welcome new junior players, who would like to play casually, or competitively against other junior teams. Contact: Simon, [Email] [Website]. 

University of Warwick Chess Association - Outreach Team

The University of Warwick have an established Outreach Team since 2016 dedicated to chess outreach. They work in partnership with the University, local clubs, and local schools. The Team are funded to work with Grange Farm Primary (Stivichall, Coventry), and Templars Primary School (Tile Hill, Coventry), alongside other schools and local clubs.

The Outreach Officer, Callum, is currently working with the League's Secretary for Junior Chess on outreach activities and resources. He would be very keen to hear from local schools and clubs, to offer chess support where possible. [Email] [Website]

Coventry Chess Academy, is aimed at players in Years 1-6 at Cheylesmore Community Centre 10-12 on Saturday mornings. This is their website. https://coventrychessacademy.wordpress.com/
More information about the Cheylesmore Community Centre site: http://www.cheylesmorecentre.co.uk


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