Stedon's Rien Hut (Left) with the KNSB chairman Bianca de Jong-Muhren

The Royal Dutch Chess Federation (KNSB) alongside Stedon joined hands with DIDA (Develop, Inspire, Discipline and Achieve) sports organization in a partnership that will witness the building of permanent chess tables for schools in Budaka, Eastern Uganda.

The KNSB will support DIDA with the purchase of chess tables for chess in schools programme in Uganda to a tune of €4,220.

The signing of the Memorandum took place at the same time as the formal opening of the Urban Chess Court in Spijkenisse, Netherlands.

Both DIDA and KNSB share common goals and values which advocates everyone to have a positive image of chess and every school going child can (learn to) play chess. 

We are pleased that we are contributing with Stedon to DIDA’s mission to help Ugandan children develop their sporting and social skills. Their values ”Develop, Inspire, Discipline and Achieve” fit in seamlessly with the values of the KNSB.

Bianca de Jong-Muhren, KNSB chairman
The formal opening of the Urban Chess Court in Spijkenisse, Netherlands.

DIDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Naki Kaddu expressed delight upon this partnership, coming at a time when the schools reopened following 18 months lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

We are encouraged and inspired to receive this generous contribution from Stedon and KNSB. After 18 months of schools being closed in Uganda this is a wonderful and necessary development for our beneficiaries.

Naki Kaddu, DIDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Chess tables have been placed in nearly 40 municipalities in the Netherlands since Jesús Medina Molina started the Urban Chess initiative in 2018.

One of the built chess tables

Most tables are supplied by Stedon and it is through this that Stedon makes a contribution for DIDA to create chess tables for schools in Budaka.

DIDA is a community interest company (CIC) based between London and Budaka District in the region of Eastern Uganda, an initiative whose goal is to holistically develop Ugandan, and eventually East African youth from the young ages of 6 years all the way to 18 years and beyond.

This organization’s objectives among others is to facilitate the development of sports training facility in Budaka, Uganda with an approach to help each kid, develop their true potential to help Inspire others and by showing Discipline on and off of the sports field they can achieve their goals.

The organization has a mission to strengthen grassroots level & enhance maximal sporting development and life skills of children and youths living in Budaka district via chess, boxing and football.

DIDA uses sport as an educational tool to develop and empower the youth to transform their future prospects within their local community and surrounding district, to empower a generation of Ugandan youth to truly understand and believe that they have their destiny in their own hands and transform individuals and communities in understanding the power of contribution to others.

Meanwhile, DIDA is also organizing the annual women football day at the Budaka sports grounds on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

DIDA’s other partners include; Sportsleo, Distil Management Ltd, SkyScout Group, British African Business Alliance, Som Chess Academy as well as the Chess Parents and Guardians Association Limited Uganda (CPGA).

David Isabirye is a senior staff writer for Kawowo Sports where he covers most of the major events.

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