Press Release:-  Four educators from St. Lucia participated this weekend in a seminar on Chess training and instruction held at the Barbados Olympic Association in Bridgetown, Barbados.  

The intensive seminar, which was organized and hosted by the Barbados Chess Federation, instructed trainers on the technical knowledge and proper nutrition, health, sport psychology, and teaching methodologies necessary for the holistic development of youth Chess athletes.

Following their completion of the seminar, Irvin Smith of Fond Assau Primary and Kenwin Serieux, Adam Hart, and Chris Barfield of the National Community Foundation (NCF) have been certified by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) as Chess Instructors, tasked with spreading the love of the game among children and raising the competitive level of the sport in St. Lucia.

In discussions surrounding the seminar, the Barbados Chess Federation committed to helping establish the St. Lucia Chess Federation, which would allow the country to participate in international tournaments and events.  

The NCF has been developing a Chess in School program to promote the sport among primary and secondary school students.  Chess has been proven to provide educational and social benefits for youth, including increased focus, self-confidence, critical thinking, and good sportsmanship.  The NCF also organizes regular chess tournaments, the next of which will be held in December.

School principals or teachers interested in establishing a chess club at their school are invited to a training seminar scheduled for August 20-22 at Blue Coral Mall in Castries.  The seminar will provide educators will all necessary curriculum and materials to start or strengthen a youth Chess program at the primary and secondary school levels. Interested parties may contact the NCF to register.    

Established in 2002, the National Community Foundation (NCF) is a philanthropic, non-profit organization that functions primarily as a grant making institution. The NCF funds initiatives that engender self-empowerment and social mobility through assisting community needs in education, health, social services, arts and culture, community development, environment and civic affairs.