Castell Nedd Junior Pizza Party

The Castell Nedd Chess Club pizza party was a booming success as numerous juniors came along for gaming and snacks. Throughout the evening, kids battled against computer operated chess sets, solved puzzles on Fire Tablets, and played games against new friends and faces. Accompanied by Domino’s pizza, it was a delicious treat for all who attended.

Backed by The National Lottery Community Fund, it is one of the stages of a project set up by Castell Nedd Chess Club’s latest scheme to draw children into the over-the-board game, using the newfound chess enthusiasm in society to allow the numbers in Neath Port Talbot to grow. It is just the first in many stages that will hopefully bring a rewarding experience to the local community.

Castell Nedd Chess Club has run for 45 years, its fundamentally aims directed at supporting junior chess in the Neath Port Talbot area. Rather than a club to invest in winning tournaments and titles, it has concentrated on the socialising and entertainment aspects that the game can provide for youngsters, even those with financial hardships or special requirements. The National Lottery has now helped to take this to another level.

Blaendulais, Blaengwrach, Cefn Saeson, Cymmer Afan, Cwmnedd, Gnoll Primary, Llangatwg and Crymlyn Primary all took part, sending pupils along who were interested in the game. Interacting with local schools is an essential part of spreading the chess word amongst kids, and it is because of establishments such as these that success in this area can be achieved.

Much as many believe that chess is a game of silence, it can be a time to get to know new people and make new friends. Eight-year-old Annabelle summed this up when she stated, “I really enjoyed getting to know people and playing against new players”, though another junior’s words, “I love playing chess and eating pizza. I’d come back next week.”  does show that a slice of Italian cuisine helps!

With aid from organisations such as The National Lottery, Castell Nedd will be able to have more successful events and provide the community interaction that is ever needed in today’s trying world.