UK Youth School Tournament.
(Main Picture: Tournament Players from Westminster Academy with Principal Mrs Taylor, Trainer and MSA Youth Ambassador Sumbul Siddui and sponsor Elie Dangoor.)
The fact that, Scrabble is not popular amongst school children in the UK was turned into history when Elie Dangoor (sponsor of Westminster Academy and Association of British Scrabble Players Chairman) asked me to start a Scrabble club and coach them.
It was very hard to develop interest in board Scrabble however the kids got very attracted to playing online at Mindsports Education and started enjoying the coaching sessions. Few of the regulars started picking up the basics and became competitive in just few months.
Once the group started developing a firm interest, I began introducing the Mindsports Education website and platform, where they were able to play online against the computer or against each other. It’s safe and easy to use, and it wasn’t long before the school and students got used to the website structure.
The platform allows the group to play anytime it is convenient for them and offers the use of other features to learn, improve their game, as well as play other mini fun and educational games.
This led to UK Youth Scrabble Tournament.
A group of 20 kids from Westminster Academy participated in the tournament held on July 2018. They played 3 rounds in total, with 20 minutes on their clocks per round, and using the Collins Official Scrabble Wordlist, known in the Scrabble community as CSW15.
Top Placements with Sumbul and Elie
This tournament was a success in many ways: it was one of the biggest tournaments for youth Scrabble in the UK in a very long time, it was the first UK Youth Tablet Tournament and, it showcased the talent and the scope that is available in UK for Youth Scrabble. The top three placements plan to participate in the World Junior Scrabble Championships 2018, in October at the Riviera International Centre, Torquay.
It was a pleasure to teach this group and organise this first tournament, this is just the start and in the coming months we hope to see many more UK schools and students taking part.