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Children’s Chess looking for trophy sponsors!

Each year the Ulster Chess Union’s, Mark Newman and Geoff Hindley, volunteer their time and efforts to run the wonderful children’s events at Methodist College Belfast. Volunteers are and have always welcome, but this year we are also seeking out sponsors to cover costs of trophies.

We are delighted to confirm that at the recent Annual General Meeting of the Ulster Chess Union, a motion was passed to name the monthly Children’s Chess events, the Newman Hindley Series in dedication of Mark Newman’s and Geoff Hindley’s voluntary service to children’s chess in Ulster.

Over the last number of years, the sponsorship which was used for trophies lapsed and the organisers were unable to purchase trophies for the events. Trophies were therefore only presented on the rare occasion or indeed only the bigger events, such as the grand prix prize giving held at Stormont each year. Many of those who attend these events which run from October to May, will no doubt have noticed that, unlike many other things these days, the entry fee has remained the same at the low price of £5 for the standard tournaments.

For the upcoming season, we are thrilled to confirm we have already obtained sponsorships for the first three events and will once again have trophies! We now hope to reach out to more businesses and organisations to complete the series, securing trophies for all events.


Can your business/organisation support us?

Are you a member of the UCU and wish to volunteer at any of the events?

Please get in touch! You can email or get in touch via our social media pages.

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Newman Hindley Series – Event One (October)

Sponsor: Errigal Contracts Ltd


About: “Errigal is a market leading construction company; with specialist expertise in partition systems, external façade, interior fitout, ceilings and bespoke solutions. Our track record in these specialist areas is internationally renowned and, as a result, we are able to provide an exceptional service on construction projects of all sizes. With a dedicated manufacturing facility at our headquarters in Monaghan, we also have regional offices in London, Northern Ireland and Europe.”


Newman Hindley Series – Event Two (November)

Sponsor: Ballymacarrett Glentoran Supporters Club

Ballymacarrett GSC

About: “Aim of the (…) club was to follow and support the Glentoran team, home and away, in as many games as possible. The dream was to provide vocal backing in far off places throughout Europe.” The club venue also takes bookings for events, parties and private functions.


Newman Hindley Series – Event Three - Ulster Schools Individual Championships (December)

Sponsor: Lisburn Chess Club

Lisburn CC

About: “The Club started out with weekly Saturday meetings in the Linenhall Library in Lisburn and held a number of well attended competitions.  With the Club continuing to grow in numbers the search was on for a permanent home for the ever expanding Chess club. This was to be the first dedicated Chess Rooms in Northern Ireland. (…)The club has 17 permanent chess boards, a kitchen, a lounge, a bathroom, and a chess library!”

Comment re sponsorship: “In line with our efforts at Lisburn Chess Club to promote the game; we are very proud to be in a position to support children’s chess by sponsoring one of the events in the Newman Hindley Series. The importance in developing young players cannot be underestimated.” (Martin Johnston, co-chair & co-founder of LCC)



We would like to thank all the businesses who have taken the time to consider our request, even if they are unable to support us financially. Particular thanks to LidlNI who are providing vouchers which will be used for snacks!