Attracting New Players

Text from Executive Meeting Dec 2018 minutes:

This is largely down to individual clubs but it was felt that there should be an area on the Association website where ideas could be exchanged.

Woodseats, for example, had contacted a local school, Newfield, and were running lunchtime sessions there with a plan for after school sessions in the future. They also plan sessions at a local branch library.

Darnall & Handsworth had started a junior section which meets on a separate night to their normal club nights. They also advertise in local supermarkets, libraries, etc.

Worksop have a designated ‘greeter’ to welcome new members on club nights.

There was a general feeling that non-pub venues work best when trying to attract juniors.

Any initiative obviously require volunteers and, where juniors are involved, the need for such volunteers to be DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checked.


(Earlier discussions on this topic, but which became focussed on the desirability of a central chess venue for the city, are still available at

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