About

Contact

To contact the volunteers who run Ficheall.ie email info@ficheall.ie.

Organisation Structure

Ficheall is a non-profit organisation registered with the Companies Registration Office (CRO); No 671331.
Ficheall currently has a seven-member board of directors who oversee the operations of the organisation nationally. The Ficheall board works closely with selected coordinators in each geographical area of Ireland who, in turn, support teachers to promote chess in their school for the social and cognitive benefits it has for students. 
 
All board members, area coordinators and chess leaders in schools are registered primary school teachers and give their time and skills on a voluntary basis.

History

Ficheall Bunscoile Chorcaí founded in September 2017 by five primary principals and teachers.

In 2017/2018 the initiative attracted the interest of 38 Cork primary schools. 4 Regional tournaments were organised involving 592 students. A follow-on competitive tournament was organised for the chess teams who performed exceptionally well at these tournaments. In total 2,244 chess games were played.

In September 2018 the name of the initiative was changed to Ficheall.ie as teachers and schools outside of Cork declared an interest. A website of the same name was established with many chess teaching resources available and to act as the central point of communication.

In November 2018 association structure was formally adopted with chairperson, secretary and executive committee positions appointed.

In 2018/2019, over 2,000 students represented their schools in chess at fun and friendly one-day tournaments. The Ficheall project is spreading to even more counties in 2019/2020.

 

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