to the Royal Guard Chess Foundation page. Once you have seen what we
are doing we are sure you will be as excited as we are.
foundation was born out of a community philosophy that dictates that
where there is a need, our duty is to fulfill that need to our best
ability. As such, the foundation focuses on four keys areas surrounding
chess and its development. These are refelected seperately below.
it was seen as necessary to establish a seperate entity for the running
of outside programmes so that the club leadership could focus on its
own members. Any club community intervention is then effectively run
through the foundation. This also allows for better transparency on use
See our Vision Statement here. To get involved or find our more information contact us.
|CHESS COACHING CURRICULUM||Throughout
and indeed the world, coaching in Chess is done in a haphazard manner.
Schools, Clubs, Unions and Private Coaches, all using seperate
materials, focusing on different areas and in all cases, there is no
cohesion in materials. This leaves the student in a position of not
finding continuity in lessons and learning fragments of knowledge that
often do not form a complete picture. The need for a high quality,
developmental curriculum was obvious. Read more.|
|CHESS COACH TRAINING||Chess
is the only mass participatory sport in South African school,where
coaches need no qualification other than being able to play chess.
Compare that for instance to rugby where teachers have to undergo
specialised coahing training before undertaking the task.
Even FIDE rated coaches are simply players at different skill levels
who understand the rules of the game. There is a clear need to provide
training for coaches in the fields of curriculum development,
presentation skills and other training proficiencies. More here|
|CHESS RESOURCE NETWORK||Clubs and players alike, when starting out are left in the dark generally about what
to do, what to use and how to go about getting it. Many times the wheel
is re-invented rather than drawing from other resources and best
practice knowledge. For instance, why not supply new clubs with
standard constitutions, rules and other documents that comply with all
requirements? Why not build a database of free software they could use?
See what we have done here|
|CHESS CLUB MANAGEMENT||As
brilliant mechanics do not always run successful vehicle repair
businesses, so too do good chess players not always run good clubs.
There are skill sets neccessary to manage any non profit organisation
and in most cases, these are lacking, resulting in clubs closing or
never opening. We are developing a training programme for club
management providing them with neccessary expertise in for instance media, community intervention and fundraising. Read more|