Haig Park School in chess sets boost

The Haig Park Primary School chess sport code received a shot in the arm this Friday after the Nonica Paida Mutsvangwa Foundation donated ten chess sets, in a move set to boost the game and invoke the brilliance of young minds.

As a way of motivating and empowering young chess enthusiasts, the Nonica Paida Mutsvangwa Foundation handed over ten sets of chess boards to Haig Park Primary School last Friday, in a move set to give students more game time in the sport.

The gesture is also part of remembering the late chess star Paida Nonica who made a huge impact in the game at a tender age and has become an icon to passionate young chess players.

“The younger Paida Nonica Mutsvangwa managed to play a bigger role in chess and in the world of sports and manages to achieve many accolades,” said Curtly Gwindi, spokesperson of the Nonica Paida Foundation.

The school is appreciative of the gesture, saying it will help promote cognitive development among learners and give students more game time.

“We are overwhelmed and excited and the donation came as surprise. So far, this term the team played eight games; they won seven games and only lost one game and tomorrow they are going to play another game. And we have now received these chess boards. We have high hopes that they are going to win,” said Headmistress, Dorcas Mbayo.

Sports Director Regina Chipesa said, “We are more than happy with this donation. We are delighted with this donation and we have more than 50 players with only four boards and it was difficult and these boards are going to enhance our training sessions.”

One of the chess students has been motivated by the gesture.

“We are happy about the donation. It gives you enthusiasm of wanting to know more about the game,” she said.

The gesture by the Nonica Paida Mutsvangwa Foundation recognises the importance of developing sport from the grassroots level.