Sports Personality of the Year, Club of the Year and Changes to Officials

 The AGM was held on Wednesday November 29th.

The Sports Personality of the year was awarded to the Staffordshire Chess Association’s Secretary for Junior Chess, Jonathon Blackburn for all the work he has undertaken after he was elected to the position two years ago. The increase in the number of entrants for the 2023 Junior Congress to 153 from 73 last year is only one of his achievements.

The Club of the Year was awarded to Meir Chess Club from Stoke-on-Trent. They were commended for their support of Staffordshire’s Under 1450 team in 2023 and the support of Meir’s members generally for Staffordshire Teams pre-2020. No less than 6 players out of 12 in the Staffordshire Under 100 Team that won the 2019 County Championship were Meir players.

The Election of Officers was completed with Robert Milner remaining as President and Jonathon retaining his Junior Secretary post. Ray Dolan is the new General Secretary replacing Peter Evans who has taken over as Treasurer.