Esperance Chess for Community program

The first day of the Esperance One and All Community Program saw people of all ages attend the chess sessions on offer at the Whale Tail on Monday, January 8.

The session marked the first of the week long program, which aims to provide a variety of free activities, games and challenges for all ages and abilities.

Escare youth worker and program coordinator Linda Tobin said it was the first program that had run since the formal partnerships between the Shire of Esperance, BOICO and Escare to coordinate the event.

“Each of the organisations involved have a role to play in the programs and we really support each other and offer a diverse program to our community,” she said.

Ms Tobin said she was grateful to the Esperance Chess Club for coming on board and running the session.

“We’re really thankful that those in our community volunteer their time,” she said.

“The idea is that we’re offering an activity that is open to all ages and abilities and will connect lots of people in our community, helping them learn some new skills and make some new friends.

According to Ms Tobin, the aim of the program was to provide something for everyone in the community.

“Chess may appeal to those in our community that maybe aren’t that interested in the more active sessions in our program,” she said.

“Once or twice a year they [Esperance Chess Club] bring out their chess sets, the outdoor one in particular is really popular and it really is fantastic.”

The Community Program continues Tuesday January 9, with Drumming at the Whale Tail from 10am until 11am and Wheelchair sports at the Indoor Stadium from 2pm until 3.30pm.

To register, contact Shire of Esperance club development officer Shane Tobin on 0418557397 or email