GREENLANDS CHESS ACADEMY
I envisaged Greenlands Chess Academy to become a prestigious learning Institution where civilised behaviour is expected and where a high standard of Study would be achieved.
As part of a five year Study Plan; I have designed Framed Certificates for each year of Achievement. Matt and Molly have received 1st Year Certificates for the work they have accomplished. Matt has gone on and will soon receive a 2nd Year Certificate to had to the Blitz Tournament Trophy and the Greenlands Rapid Trophy he recently won – both containing adult club members.
Our Academy is a classroom: not a Youth Club, playground or Parents Coffee Evening!
The objective of the Academy is to produce Chess players who I hope will emulate Matt in representing Greenlands and Worcestershire. Who will enter Junior events.
Juniors can attend Academy without ambition or expectation to play in competition – representing themselves; Greenlands Chess Club or Worcestershire is a personal choice of the Junior – the main aim is the enjoyment of chess, plain and simple.
Juniors can now attend Academy without the accompaniment of parent or guardian. However; in accordance with our Health and Safety: Code of Practice; and bearing in mind Safeguarding policy procedures – Greenlands Chess Club recommends that parents do accompany their children at all times.
Children and parents who are not taking part in the learning process are as much of a distraction as any disruptive child. Each parent needs to be aware of the responsibility they have – and to inform their children that I have sole discretion over who can or cannot attend Academy.
I want our Juniors to Study but I also encourage periods where everyone just plays Chess. I do not want to take the fun out of Chess.
Mobile phones must be switched off in our Classroom just as all mobile devices, tablets etc “must” be turned off during Chess Matches! Mobile phones are just as disruptive as screaming and shouting, chaotic or antisocial behaviour.
Chess environments should be more like a library!
Chess Club and Social Club rules apply to behaviour – these rules and Safeguarding policy must be observed at all times.
Parents are meant to be assisting me by controlling and helping their children understand what is expected. It helps if parents/guardians lead by example in showing a willingness to learn Chess.
I understand every child is different, differ in age, and have varying degrees of attention span – but we cannot allow Academy to be undermined by inappropriate behaviour.
Academy provides an introduction to the Chess Club.
Juniors are remarkably resilient. Juniors as young as 6 or 7 can be seen playing in league matches and are able to use a chess clock and notate their games which finish as late as 10pm. Juniors must be well-behaved in order to participate.
We cannot pass on expertise where individuals are uninterested in learning. We teach every aspect of chess including theory, the use of a chess clock and writing chess notation. We give guidance to Juniors and parents concerning online chess programs – I coach chess online every day where parents and Juniors wish extra tuition.
Interruptions occur in many forms – from staggered arrivals, to non-attendance, to various types of simple incident – and whilst this is all understandable; I do not wish to operate a strict regime. The occasional upset is inevitable but as adults; we must appreciate our responsibility and comprehend the important roles we have in helping our Academy Juniors achieve success.
Greenlands Chess Club Secretary
Greenlands Chess Academy is open to everyone regardless of age, race or gender.
Academy starts 5pm – 7pm
Chess Club starts 7pm – 10pm
Steve: 07932 860524