Thursday, December 7, 2023

Chess comp moves to close generational gap

Chess players of all ages are being invited to take part in an intergenerational chess competition set to take place in the southern Sydney suburb of Blakehurst next weekend.

Georges River Council partnered with the NSW Department of Education and the Share our Space Program to secure a local school in the local government area to host the Intergenerational Chess Competition, as a part of the Georges River Youth Festival (GRYFest).

Council says the event is expected to be a buzzing hub of excitement and friendly competition. The competition is free to enter and there will be prizes to be won.

Georges River Council Mayor, Nick Katris said, “Better connection between generations is vital to a thriving community as it provides opportunities to pass down collective community and life memories.

“Council is very proud to be hosting this event which will enrich the Georges River area and celebrate community members of all ages.”

He said intergenerational activities have many benefits for all involved. For older adults, it can provide a reduced sense of isolation, increased physical, mental, and creative activity as well as an improvement in brain function.

For youth, these activities help to build teamwork skills and the development of social skills to interact with people of all different backgrounds.

Event details

What: Intergenerational Chess Competition

When: Saturday 22 April, 10am – 2pm

Where: Blakehurst High School, 270A Woniora Rd Blakehurst

Cost: Free.

There is ample parking available at Blakehurst High School. For more information, visit the Events page on Council’s website.

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