Plymouth, United Kingdom (20 May, 2014) - With news stories and campaigns looking to bring Chess into the school curriculum, the Mind Sports Academy (MSA) never felt more excited than now to being partnered with British Colleges Sport.
The Academy’s Event Manager, Martin Mills, recently set up his stall at the BCS Sport Week that took place at the prestigious St Georges Park in Burton-on-Trent. As the home of the FA, St Georges Park was the ideal venue for a week of conferences and competition across a whole range of sports. Here Mind Sports were able to meet with traditional games on an even playing field to share why these mind games are actually sports and should be considered to become part of the National Curriculum.
Whilst initial reactions by visitors were to ask how Scrabble, Chess, Magic: The Gathering and eSports fitted in with the more traditional physical sports of football, rugby, cricket and netball, discussions with coaches, sport department heads and other school staff soon established some clear areas where incorporating these competitive Mind Sports into an overall sports offering made perfect sense. In many cases it was agreed that offering some Mind Sports games gave education establishments a chance to offer sports participation to a whole demographic who wouldn’t dream of stepping foot into a sports hall or onto a pitch to take part in more traditional physical sports. Mind Sports allow for inclusion and a chance to participate and compete for all no matter your age or gender.
As part of its overall strategy, the Mind Sports Academy is launching its education programme seeking education establishments to run “after school” clubs for Chess, Scrabble, Magic:The Gathering and eSports, with a view to secure pupils’ places in the Academy’s grand final in London. Students will have the chance to represent their establishment, town, or city through the Academy’s regional qualifiers and then look to win their place at the Mind Sports International World Championships at London’s ExCel in November 2014.
Schools and colleges interested in discussing how the Mind Sports Academy can help set up a Mind Sports Club should register their interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to check out the Academy website for more information.