Having organized countless such events over nearly 2 decades, this is the first time I welcomed participants and their parents to a COMMUNITY CHESS event. The event held at the Punggol 21 Community Club and organized by the Punggol North Meadows Residents Committee and the Punggol North Community Sports Club truly reflected the term Community Chess.
We all know Chess helped inculcate many good values in our children. They learnt to be able to focus, think and analyse amongst many other critical skillsets. The facilities of the Punggol 21 CC really up the ante in bonding the chess community and that of the local Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC community.
About 150 children and the more that 300 parents supporters were able to enjoy the conducive environment for both the players and the parents in the CC grounds. It was gratifying to see the participants enjoyed the fierce but friendly competition in a spacious playing arena and the parents bonding among themselves playing chess on boards set up at the CC atrium and sharing parenting tips. Parents lined up just outside the playing arena watching anxiously as their children pit minds over the chessboard and sharing pointers over the game be it in the quality of the game taking place or just personal stories of their children chess journey. It was simply one big family gathering.
Credit must go the organizing team ably supported by the Punggol Meadows RC Youth Chapter. The teens were a source of inspiration in both logistics and taking care of the participants.
Feedback from the parents were highly positive and the event was such a success due not only in part to the facilities but the amiable and generous organizers who ensured that all participants left Punggol North smiling and bringing home wonderful memories of the day. Especially for those taking part in a chess competition for the first time. A number of participants were only 4 years old.
The finale was further boosted by the attendance of the Member of Parliament for Pasir Ris – Punggol GRC (Punggol North) and Minister for Education Mr Ng Chee Meng. In his speech he impressed the parents on the need to ensure that we build resilience in our young Singaporeans. He then left his grassroots leaders to presents the prizes to the participants whilst he went round to meet the parents and to thank them for the support.
Congratulations and well done to the Punggol North family.