A new step in favor of strengthening the location of chess games at school

Jean-Michel Blankel, Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Roxana Malacineanu, Sports Representative, Veronique Moreira, USEP President, Olivier Giraud, UNSS Director, Eloy Lerange, President of the French Chess Federation (FFE) March 15, 2022 On Tuesday, we signed a new agreement to emphasize the sport of mind, which is a practice of chess.

The framework agreement signed with the FFE in 2007 will be strengthened by the signing of the launch of Class’Echecs, which will also sign a joint agreement with the two public school sports federations, USEP and UNSS.

With 5 million practitioners in France, chess is one of the historic areas that has regained popularity in recent years. The explosive increase in online practice in captivity in 2020, coupled with the broadcast of the series Le Jeu de la Dame on Netflix, had an immediate impact on the number of licensees.

In December 2021, FFE registered 42,000 registrants. This is a record of this period. The discovery or rediscovery of chess games has become a sporting practice in the club. The performance of the French team at the international level also contributed to the enthusiasm of the general public.

The introduction of the chess game at school was particularly well received among the educational equipment advocated during the Math Week, which will be held from March 7 to 14, 2022, with the theme of “form of mathematics” as this game. calling. It has become an educational tool for young people.

By mobilizing the power of logic, strategy, rigor and abstraction, while promoting the learning of citizenship through rules and other respects, the chess game is within the recommendations of the TOROSSIAN-VILLANI report and math. Included as part of the strategy.

It has been practiced since childhood and contributes to the building of personality by encouraging attention, imagination, expectations, judgment and self-confidence. It also finds its perfect position in the context of school sports in that it constitutes an element of culture with both educational, social and public health functions and brings value for equal opportunity. In addition, the new partnership is particularly relevant to students in priority education networks and vocational channels facing difficulties in schools, especially in the field of mathematics.

The Class’Echecs program has taken a new step with the goal of introducing 250,000 elementary school students in three years. School teachers who volunteer to participate in the program can receive free training on the m @ gistère platform. At the same time, 5,000 chess boards will be distributed to 500 schools from the first year of the partnership.

Thanks to the financial and material support of Crédit Mutuel Enseinant and Equikie de la Reussite, a free system has become possible. USEP ensures practical continuity by holding meetings between classes and schools. In the laboratory, we will study the impact on the lessons from the first year.

Acquiring a delegation of public services will also give the FFE a concrete means of strengthening action on the two key axes of each sports federation.

  • Sport Performance by Federal Performance Project: Performance plans for the French team today and tomorrow.
  • Social performance through the implementation of FFE’s national strategy, including the fight against violence in sports, sports health, inclusion, disability and international influence …

Resources made available by the ministry Sports and the National Sports Agency will be financial, human and material for top athletes.

Actions carried out in accordance with this Agreement must be jointly monitored by representatives of MENJS and the Signature Federation.