We recently funded Ashton Community Chess Club’s chess events for October and Christmas for existing members and school children in Tameside.

Historically chess has been seen as a game for old men. Ultimately this caused the demise of Ashton Chess Club some years ago as there were no young players coming through the ranks. This perception has also meant that young people have not really been attracted to play chess in the first instance or indeed encouraged to join chess clubs.

Since 2009 Ashton Community Chess Club Head Coach, David Hardy had been coaching chess at lunchtime and after school in a number of Tameside schools. The limited success to date convinced him that a specialist junior chess club was needed within the Borough.

The stand-alone club now allows children to improve their chess within a tried and tested format and outside the constraints of a busy school day. The ultimate ambition is that with the right enthusiasm and coaching Tameside can be represented at chess both at a Regional and National level on a regular basis.

The club now averages 18 members per session and have played several seasons in the local adult Manchester League. Many of our players have also recently qualified for the prestigious UK Land Chess Challenge North of England Giga Final.

This group is a great example of community groups we fund that need funding to bring something new to a community that has found itself in demand but is in need of funds to continue.

If you’re a group in the Greater Manchester area looking for funding, visit our Apply For Funding page to see whether we can help you.