Whether it’s through honing strategic thinking through Chess, or cunning competitiveness at Bridge, some young people find expression, stimulation and self-confidence from games and activities that take place indoors, on tabletops and in quiet reflection as much as amid the hustle and bustle of a muddy field.
The following clubs are all available as part of our co-curricular programme.
Bridge & Card Games.
Bridge is a popular pastime all around the world and there are an estimated 300,000 regular players in the UK alone. The game has two main parts: the Bidding (also called the Auction) and the Play. The more tricks a partnership correctly predicts they will make, the better their score; if they do not make as many as they predict, their opponents score points instead.
In competitions, the same hands are played at each table so you can compare your scores with the other partnerships and work out who did best with what they were dealt, thus almost eliminating the ‘luck’ aspect that exists in other games such as poker.
Bridge aids numeracy, an understanding of probability, the powers of deduction, the development of strategy, team building and mental capacity.
Bridge can also help pupils develop multi-tasking and planning skills.
Chess, Mah-Jong & Chinese Chess.
Chess is one of the oldest surviving games from the ancient world and has a rich history. The game is synonymous with intellect, problem-solving and logical reasoning, however it can be enjoyed on many levels. The rise in popularity of chess applications and the wealth of instructional videos available online has made it easier than ever to learn and improve in the game.
Playing chess improves your thinking skills, planning, organisation and reasoning. It develops your ability to quickly process information and visualise the steps involved in solving complicated problems. It represents outstanding exercise for your brain and regular play can lead to an enhanced memory capacity and even increase your IQ.
There are opportunities to play for fun, or to take the game more seriously and begin to develop strategies for success. For those demonstrating the potential, there may also be the opportunity to compete against other schools.
Given the recent increase in the popularity of eSports, this club was set up to meet pupil demand and offers an exciting opportunity to experience the phenomenon for yourself.
This is an opportunity to have fun while developing transferable skills such as teamwork and problem-solving.
At present, the most popular, multiplayer, strategy game is League of Legends, but we are aiming to increase our repertoire. Did you know that there are more people in the world who play League of Legends than there are people who live in France? Come and see why…