Are you retired or studying? Could you spare one or two hours a week? Chess in Schools and Communities are looking for volunteers for schools and the wider community.

We can offer you the opportunity to run a chess club in a library as well as helping tutors in schools in term time and/or running after-school or lunchtime chess clubs.

Experience of working with young people and knowledge of chess are an advantage, but the main qualifications are enthusiasm for the game and the ability to communicate this to children. You don't need to be a chess expert or have previous experience. In schools you will work alongside a CSC tutor. In a library you will have a librarian to provide help and advice.

We will provide you with free training and support. We will help you obtain a Disclosure and Barring Service check. Our tutor training courses will equip you to run a library or school club and help a tutor teach chess in a classroom. We hold regular online coaching courses throughout the year.

Providing a chess club at your local library would help provide a valuable service to your local community.

Many of the schools enrolled in our programme operate in challenging circumstances, but a chess club is an excellent way of raising children's aspirations and self-confidence.

If you want to give something back to your local community and/or are interested in gaining classroom experience, we will be very pleased to hear from you. We are a growing enterprise, so even if there does not seem to be a CSC project near you, please get in touch. Libraries and schools contact us all the time and we may have opportunities in your area.

Covid-19 update. While some chess activities are not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, CSC has adapted its provision and continues to deliver chess lessons in over 140 schools every week, either onsite or online.

Become a CSC volunteer today, or contact Matt Piper for further information.