Ballarat Junior Chess Club

Chess Coaching Term 1, 2024

To all Ballarat Junior Chess Club members, parents and chess players 

We wish everybody a happy, healthy and safe New Year. 

The chess coaching sessions for 2024 will resume on Thursday 1st February. All sessions will be held in the Humffray Room on level 4 of the BMI at 117 Sturt Street Ballarat, commencing at 5.30pm. 

There will be some changes for this year relating to fees, registrations and how payments are to be made. This will be the fifth year of the Ballarat Junior Chess Club chess coaching sessions and there have not been any changes to the coaching fees during that time. This year the fee level per student will be set at $120 for a term of 9 weeks or $20 per session. We will be using the TryBooking system for handling all payments rather than PayPal, EFT or cash. This is designed to make the collection of necessary information simpler and streamline the administration process. We feel that the charges for our chess coaching services are still modest when compared with other educational, sporting and artistic options. If the fee increase is an issue for any parent, then please contact us to discuss it. 

Adoption of the TryBooking system will mean that parents will have to obtain a TryBooking link from us after we confirm that a place is available. This link will then be used to complete registration and payment. We have a limited number of places available and maintain a waiting list for those who are unable to be catered for immediately. 

If your child attended the chess coaching classes in Term 4 of 2023 then you will shortly receive a TryBooking link to register and pay the fees for Term 1 of 2024. There will be a limited time for this process to be completed after which we will allocate any coaching places available to other students in the order of our waiting list. If your child attended the chess coaching classes in Term 4 of 2023 and does not wish to continue then please advise us by return email so that their place can be allocated to a new student. 

As noted above the coaching sessions will begin at 5.30pm with the first 15 minutes being devoted to registration and playing casual games within the allocated coaching groups. These groups will be finalised by our head coach Scott Stewart shortly and will reflect progress made from last term. At 5.45pm sharp, the formal coaching session will commence and continue for 30 minutes after which allocated League games will be arranged. At that time, expected to be 6.15pm, any child not involved in the formal coaching sessions is invited to attend the games session on a no charge basis. This will cater for anyone who can’t obtain a place in the coaching sessions, those who just want to play games of chess or others who wish to see how our BJCC sessions operate. 

The formal chess coaching and games session will conclude at between 6.45pm and 7.00pm and parents should arrange to pick up their child at that time, unless they are intending to stay and join in the adult chess club sessions which begin at 7.00pm. Any student who joins for a Term of the 2024 coaching sessions will be regarded as being a junior member of the senior Ballarat Chess Club. This provides all the benefits which that membership offers including the right to play in any event each Thursday night at the senior club at no cost. Meetings for the senior club start at 7.00pm and many students from the BJCC stay on to test their skills against the older players. 

The program for the year is detailed on the attached BJCC 2024 Coaching Flyer. Further information can be found on the Ballarat Chess Club website at . If your child is not part of the existing program and wish to apply, then complete the attached BJCC 2024 Coaching Application Form and return it to us. If places are available, then we will send you a link to TryBooking to complete final registration and payment. 

If Thursday night coaching sessions don’t suit, then online or face to face sessions at another time might be possible by contacting any of the coaches as detailed on the flyer. 

Please call Kevin on 0418 533 517 or Scott on 0410 052 134 if you would like to discuss any matter further. 

Kind Regards 

Kevin Perrin       Scott Stewart

Co-ordinator      Head Coach


Who: Anyone under the age of 18
Where: BMI
Term Dates:
Term 1 - 1st Febuary 2024 – 28th March 2024
Term 2 - 18th April 2024 – 13th June 2024
Term 3 - 18th July 2024 – 12th Sept 2024
Term 4 - 10th October 2024 – 5th Dec 2024


$120 per term ($20 per night for part term)
Family discounts available as follows: $120 for 1 student, $180 for 2 students and $240 for 3 students Students who enrol for a full term are entitled to free membership of the adult chess club which meets from 7.00 pm at this venue on Thursdays.

Who will be coaching me?

Scott Stewart, Rob Bailey, James Watson, Patrick Cook, Jasan Barnett, Om O’Carroll, Nigel Block, Paul Dao, Justin Goodison & Kanishk Mahasuar. All experienced coaches with current Working with Children Certificates

Scott Stewart is a 3-time Club Champion and has extensive coaching experience.
Robert Bailey has been working for Chess Ideas for over 17 years and is a fully qualified primary and secondary teacher with an English/Humanities base.



Please fill in your details on the enrolment page, and follow the prompts to make payment.
For further enquiries about the course, or for payment enquiries, contact BCC Treasurer, Kevin Perrin (0418 533 517


Ballarat Junior Chess Club

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