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Isle of Man welcomes Chess for Schools 4 May 2010

Minister Eddie Teare with Cronk-y-Berry chess teamSchools across the Isle of Man have received free chess sets as part of the nationwide charitable initiative Chess for Schools. To mark the occasion local Education and Children Minister Eddie Teare brought a personal touch to the action by delivering chess sets to children at Cronk-y-Berry Primary School in Douglas.

Chess for Schools is a nationwide initiative that aims to deliver 10 free chess sets to every one of England’s 25,000 schools, in an effort to promote strategic thinking, brain games and the creation of school chess clubs and inter-school chess tournaments.

“There are so many activities that children can undertake, but there are few as rewarding and stimulating as chess,” says Minister Eddie Teare. “It encourages strategic thinking and also develops a competitive spirit, which we all need if we are to develop to our full potential. I am pleased that the Chess for Schools initiative has decided to include the Isle of Man in its programme as I am sure that it will be of considerable benefit to our school children.”

Chess for Schools is an ongoing programme with nearly 8,000 schools signed up to the first phase. Distribution is being handled in a phased national roll out programme. In addition to the Isle of Man, schools across East Sussex, Surrey, Stockton on Tees, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire have also received sets.

Holloid Plastics, one of the country’s leading plastic injection moulding specialists, teamed up with the English Chess Federation (ECF) to create Chess for Schools. Holloid is making all of the 250,000 chess sets needed to complete the project as part of its 2009 – 2012 charity programme.

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