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Liverpool Junior Easter Congress

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 10:14 pm    Post subject: Liverpool Junior Easter Congress Reply with quote

The Liverpool Junior Easter Congress used to be one of the biggest junior events in the country. Ably run for many years by Dave Welch & Peter Purland, it attracted hundreds of school children every Easter. Alas, that was years ago. For the past decade or two, the event has withered and died. Chess in primary schools around Liverpool has disappeared too, with a few notable exceptions. In secondary schools, it is nearly non-existent.

But from April this year, the tide will turn. We are relaunching this tournament from April 2-4, 2007 at Childwall School in Liverpool. It will be open to all years 3-6 (ie primary) in any school across Merseyside.

Today, I can also announce that the Liverpool Junior Easter Congress will in future be sponsored. It will be properly funded in a deal with a local university, Liverpool JMU. Funds will cover the cost of room hire, admin, PR and prizes. There will probably be enough to pay for some coaching too.

The event will be fairly small to begin with, but I'm delighted Dave Welch has agreed to oversee the event again. Step-by-step we will get this famous old congress back on its feet. This year is merely the start.

Wish us luck

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