Chess Activities in Bristol’s Primary Schools – UK

Chess in Schools and Communities

Chess in Schools aims to improve educational outcomes and social development through the world’s oldest game.



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6-11 years

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What is Co-Funding?

Co-funding with the ALMT allows individuals, other Trusts and Foundations, and Companies to contribute funds directly to individual, vetted and approved, project partnerships. With fifteen years of experience awarding grants and working in partnership with children’s organisations around the world, the ALMT is best placed to support you in your philanthropy.

Chess in Schools and Communities has the mission is to improve children’s educational outcomes and foster their social development by introducing them to the game of chess in primary schools and inner-city communities. the ALMT is proud to be supporting the expansion of their programme into Bristol. There is a widening attainment gap between primary schools in leafy areas compared to those in deprived or challenging neighbourhoods. Schools and local educational authorities are looking for innovative ways to address this situation, and based on well documented research, chess can be part of the solution.


Chess makes children smarter by engendering the following skills: Concentration, logical reasoning and problem solving. Chess builds self-esteem, increases patience, encourages good sportsmanship and respect for others. It encourages children to plan ahead, foresee consequences and take responsibility for their actions. Chess crosses all barriers; social, age, race, religion, gender and physical ability. Learning chess is a life skill that can give an outlet to any child who masters it. The game often brings the most benefit to children in class who are the quietest, who struggle to get noticed in other contexts or have difficulty in normal school environments. There are many studies that show the link between learning to play chess and an increase in children’s attainment. The game is compulsory in some countries and widespread in others. ALMT funding in Bristol includes free chess sets, teaching aids and software, weekly visits from experienced chess tutors, coaching for the whole class, a curriculum that develops thinking skills and supports other curriculum areas and free courses for education professionals and parents on how to teach chess.

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