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Mindsports Education User Guide
How to use the Mindsports Education Website. What are the key features?
Sports Room
Game Zone
Word Tool App
All accounts will receive a 14-day trial when registering for a free account
School Benefits
Work towards Ofsted goals whilst having fun
Innovative activities to use in English, Maths and Language sessions
Challenge other schools without leaving the classroom
Engage and stretch all students
Annual membership starts from $5 per student
Sports Room

As a full member, access our online Sports Room, play word games, chess and Go against the computer and challenge other schools around the world to a game.

We provide a safe sports room with no chat or video feature however to encourage some interaction we have added emojis into the games. Players can send smiley faces, greet and thank their opponents.

Sports Room Games


A two player strategy game, played on a chequered board, 64 squares arranged in an 8 x 8 grid. Each player begins with 16 pieces: 1 King, 1 Queen, 2 Rooks, 2 Bishops, 2 Knights, and 8 Pawns. The aim is to capture your opponent’s King.

Bughouse – A variant of chess with four players, two on each side. Normal chess rules apply except a player receives the pieces their partner captures.


Mindsports Academy’s new word game. It is a mash up between the popular board game Scrabble and the crossword game. The game is designed to be played online Player v Player.There are multiple levels to complete.

Use up all your letter tiles and block your opponent in the allocated time. Create as many high scoring words with the selection of letter tiles in your possession. For more information, view our Wordominos guide.

Word Games

A game in which two players score points by placing tiles indicating a single letter onto a board divided into a 15 x 15 grid of squares. The aim is to create words in a crossword style, reading left to right and downwards. Words created can be found in the defined dictionaries. In our online game you can pick your dictionary with which to play. All online challenges are 1 v 1.


Go is a two player strategy game originating in China, and was believed to have been invented about 2500 years ago. The game is played between two players, with one player taking white, the other black.

The game board consists of either a 9 x 9, 13 x 13 or a 19x19 grid, and starts off completely empty with players taking turns placing stones on the open intersections of the board. The purpose of the game is to use your stones to surround intersections on the board, known as "territory".

Once placed on the board, stones cannot move; however, they can be captured if all of the adjacent intersections surrounding the stone are occupied by your opponent's stones. At that point, they are removed from the game.

The game ends when both players have concluded that there are no more moves of value to be made, at which point the player's territories are counted and the player with the larger territory is declared the winner


Access downloadable guides, exercises and lesson plans. Watch video tutorials to support mindsports play and development.

Guides are available for:

  • Complete beginners – never played before
  • Intermediate – developing game further and starting to play ‘live’ tournaments
  • Advanced – ‘live’ tournament players

In the sports room, MSE Badges can be earnt by players when they achieve specific goals.

There are 56 to collect, spread across 8 levels within 7 achievements. These will be collected through playing PvP (player v player), PvC (player v computer) and Tournaments.

Collect them all to receive a bonus.

For more information, view our downloadable guide to badges:


In our sports room you can join our online tournaments, play in a friendly player v player challenge or school v school challenge.

In 3 easy steps, school admins will be able to create own tournaments for their class and clubs, and challenge other schools.

Step One

Decide what type of tournament you wish to run

Step Two

Log into the sports room, click on tournament admin and follow the step by step set up guide

Step Three

Students join the tournament and have fun

For more information, view our downloadable guide:

MSA Word Tool

A new word tool from the Mindsports Academy, designed to help you learn new words and improve your word game play.

  • Build your own library of words to study
  • Discover a new word each day with the ‘Word of the Day’
  • Check unknown words and learn their definitions
  • Learn new anagrams and make words with your own selection of letters
  • See how words and strings can be manipulated or added to, to make new words
  • Use the Adjudication section in tournaments, type in the word you are challenging and find out if it is valid
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