Audley Junior School in Blackburn has been awarded the British Chess Educational Trust award for 2012 for promoting chess through its various chess related activities.
Inspired by Deputy Head Mr. David Balding, The children at the school can play and practice chess every day and receive coaching from a Lancashire coach. As well as internal tournaments at the school such as a ‘Champions League’, teams are formed by the players for regular competitive matches. The most looked forward to match being Boys versus Girls which is always fiercely fought.
Audley School enters two teams in the local Blackburn Primary School Chess League and have won it more times than any other school. It is not surprising therefore that Audley players regularly play for the Lancashire junior teams.
The school also host chess events such as the annual chess jamboree which is open to any school in Blackburn and which is gaining popularity with each passing year. The Lancashire Chess Association also use Audley School for one of its Junior Congresses which is open to players from all over Lancashire and beyond and is very well attended.
In the photograph below two of Audley’s ‘A’ team players are trying out the award which comprises an engraved chess board, pieces and a digital clock. The players are watched over by Mr David Gaston, the Lancashire Under 9 and Under 11 team manager, who presented the award to Audley School.