Saying Yes to Chess

Baird Supports Chess Programs in London Schools

Chess in Schools and Communities - London

Chess in Schools and Communities (CSC) strives to improve students' educational and social development and educational outcomes by introducing them to the game of chess. The U.K. charity was founded in 2009 and now teaches chess through curriculum lessons and extracurricular clubs in more than 300 schools and supports an additional 400 across the U.K. 

Thanks to support from Baird, CSC was able to continue teaching chess in three schools facing significant budgetary pressures in disadvantaged areas of London. The schools that benefited from the firm’s support include Miles Coverdale Primary School (in Hammersmith and Fulham), Deptford Park Primary School (Lewisham) and Coldfall Primary School (Haringey). Miles Coverdale Primary School competed against other U.K. chess teams at the 2017 London Chess Classic and won first place.

"We are ... very grateful to Baird for the support that has enabled it to continue benefiting children’s intellectual and emotional development," said Malcolm Pein, chief executive of CSC.

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