Chess in Prisons

The ECF runs a programme of support for chess in prisons, with visits from Carl Portman to a number of prisons across the country. Carl provides valuable support to prison communities, where it is recognised as providing purposeful activity for inmates, supporting the development of critical analysis and reasoning skills and helping to reduce reoffending rates.

This video, courtesy of the BBC, was filmed during a recent visit to HMP Hewell in the West Midlands in June.


Here is a report on Carl’s visit to HMP Dartmoor – – and a post about the Chess for Freedom conference, where Carl featured –

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