For Schools

Schools Competitions

SJC organise one of the largest competitions for Schools in the UK with over 40 Sussex Schools taking part annually.

The largest entry is in the Under 11 age group who compete for the Primary Cup. The competition begins in the Autumn term with Schools playing 2 or 3 other Schools on a broadly geographic basis. The outcome of these matches results in Schools being seeded into one of four divisions for the Spring Term. The highest place schools in each division are then invited to a Finals Day in the Summer Term.

The secondary age group can enter teams at U14 (The Butler Cup), U16 (The Sadd Cup) and U19 (The Wilson Cup) age groups. There is also the Gammans-Renwick Cup for Girls Teams. Many of these trophies are very historic and more information on them and the benefactors can be found on our history pages.

In all competitions team size is 4 players. Schools may enter more than one team.

If your school is interested in taking part please contact us to be added to the mailing list.

SJC also support the UK’s largest chess competition – the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge – by running the Sussex Megafinal in April/May. Over 40,000 children enter this event Nationally, and around 400 children in Sussex qualify to take part. Schools interested in taking part should contact the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge direct.

Academy Schools Programme

The Academy Schools programme was initiated in 2010-11 with the aim of expanding chess playing amongst Sussex schools with a view of bringing youngsters from a local area and encouraging them to play chess, and to subsequently take part in the regular activities of SJC.

The Chess Academy is a fantastic opportunity for school children in Sussex to learn in a fun and safe environment! Fun, innovative and age appropriate coaching based on the fundamentals with mini tournaments and possible specialist sessions for older pupils. Groups are organised based on age, ability and experience.

Academy Directors, who are all fully CRB checked chess coaches with many years experience of working with juniors, have been appointed in Burgess Hill, Uckfield and Worthing.