Ernie Lazenby wrote:
Charles W. Wood wrote:Hi Ernie
Are you struggling with this one, or should I say you are needlessly over complicating a simple stance. Sets go to schools that agree to use them; to be exact: will not put them in a cupboard and forget them, thats the only precondition. NOT enforced coaching, NOT demmended membership (unless the ECF changes its stance to all members), NOT enforced tournament entry. As for funding from the ECF, I do HOPE they do because it will help other coaches which will in turn help the kids. Any and all monies I've ever had from the John Robinson Fund/ ECF as a whole has only been used in two tournaments to help establish them. No one at all got paid a penny. I HOPE for funds for coaching, I never mentioned me.
As for large number of vans, each school get 10 sets each. Unless the parcel haulier is sending 1 set at a time, so 1 van will do, for a 10 minute dop off.
And I've never heard of the Chess Link Project.
What precondtions do you think (after the mass of "Just to use them" answers) schools are signing up for?
The Renaissance Academy is a sponsor of Chess for Schools, it gave them me for free to run the project. ECF is also a major sponsor, it is giving the Office/the Board for free, to administrate and guide the project. Each county association that gets involved will be a sponsor as they will be supportting the schools and LEAs in their area.
When it comes to the CCA you will only get as much as you can get from council, do you get mega bucks from your local council?
Councils do have funds to set up clubs and sports training of many different kinds, but that is to be justified by the county association (you). Not me, not the ECF, just you. Thats if you go down that road. There are funds at council BUT it is up to use it, Yorkshire might not but the CCA might.
There are questions arising out of your post which lacks clarity. Perhaps you could clarify some points but to avoid a plethera of confusing answers perhaps its a good idea to deal with one point at a time so;
How exactly can the CCA help the project? please be detailed and keep to the core of the question. I am keen to help but as someone who likes to deal in facts it would be helpfull to know what is expected of us.
Here are the facts. Very simply, you need to use the project to develop junior chess using the resourses you have. I am not here to dictate direction, I'm just here to help liaise between you and the authorities that want to develop chess for schools. I don't set expectation, you do. Your committee up there is in charge of its self. You can even back out and not be involved at all.
So simplifying even further an example might help: say you have 3 coaches working in the CCA area, and you and your committee want to develop chess by developing skills and understanding of the chess club organisers in each school. Then you would use the 3 coaches (as you see fit between you) to train each person from each of the schools. Then you may want to set up one or more of these: Schools League, Junior Tournaments, Blended Tournaments, Open days, Britsh Land Challenge Event, EPSCA Event etc.
Your choice, its for you to work out what you think is best for your area. I'm here just to make sure it happens in every area, even the ones where there is no, County, Local, Junior, or professional Academy to benefit.
So what do you need to do first:
1. Make sure you have CRB's for all coaches and a register of those you are working with.
2. Get (if you haven't already) an up to date Child Proctection Policy, and make sure everybody involved understands it.
3. Get (if you haven't already) Public Liability Insurance to the tune of at least Â£5m cover.
1. Have a committee meeting to work out what you want from the above list, and which way you believe the project would benefit from your experiencies.
No one holds your hand here, I'm going to be there to do the meetings with you. How you work with the schools, Agencies and LEA's is all your problem. You've had over a hundred years to get ready for this. (Bit of a tip though don't slam professional coaches too much they are a good resourse for aiding development)