Interschool ‘Collins Scrabble for Schools’ Championship held in Mumbai

Arvind Iyengar is the Interschool ‘Collins Scrabble for Schools’ Champion 2017

Collins Learning, one of the fastest growing publishing houses in the K12 education segment in India, has been actively promoting Scrabble to schools as a fun and engaging way to enhance cognitive skills development. Continuing the journey that began last year in the cities of Hyderabad and Chandigarh, Collins Learning took the sport to the city of Scrabble enthusiasts — Mumbai, hosting its first-ever Interschool Scrabble Tournament on December 16, 2017 in association with The Bombay International School.

To maintain parity in the sport, the participants included students of only classes 6, 7 and 8, ensuring that the level of difficulty remained the same for all. Each category had a winner and there was an overall champion. Arvind Iyengar from Hutchings High School, Pune was declared the Champion of ‘Collins Scrabble for Schools’ tournament 2017, Mumbai. The winners in each category were Arvind Iyengar from class 6, Hutchings High School; Saniya Sureka from class 7, Arya Vidya Mandir School, Vile Parle; and Vivaan Shah from class 8, Jamnabai Narsee School.

The highlight of the event was that it was presided over by the President of the Scrabble Association of India, Mr Ashok Bhandarkar; he graced the occasion as the Tournament Director. Dr Marisha Sharma, Founder of the Scrabble Association of Delhi, conducted the tournament.

The tournament witnessed around 100 participants from 30 niche schools of Mumbai vying for the top spot. The schools registered the names of their students prior to the tournament through Collins Learning. The competition included five rounds, which allowed all participants a fair chance to get back in the word duel and compete for the big wins. Scores for each round were maintained by Dr Sharma and the results were declared at the end of the last round. There was a special round to decide the champion, in which the winner from each category competed against each other.
Applauding the brilliant performances and the spirit of the game, Mr Ashok Bhandarkar said, “I have always had great liking for Scrabble and it gives me immense pleasure to see youngsters taking to the sport so passionately and aiming for the World Youth Scrabble Championship. I am happy to associate with a mind sport like Scrabble and Collins Learning. My best wishes to all the participants who came in today and enjoyed the sport and I congratulate the winners.”

Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Chaitali Moitra, Managing Director of Collins Learning – India, commented, “Collins Learning strives to continuously provide schools with innovative and meaningful tools to engage their students. It is very fulfilling to observe the level of creative thinking and meticulous execution that the participants demonstrated today. It helps us re-imagine several aspects of how we can strengthen our education system and make it more child centric. It has been an exciting journey for us with ‘Collins Scrabble for Schools’ programme travelling the length and breadth of the country. I believe that we have just scratched the surface of what education through mind sports, such as Scrabble, feels and looks like. I am delighted to see the overwhelming response the Mumbai edition has drawn and aspire to take the interschool championships to the next level in the coming years. I would like to express my gratitude to Dr Cyrus Vakil, Principal of the Bombay International School, for co-hosting this event. I would also like to congratulate each one of the contestants for their enthusiasm and encourage them to keep practising the sport and we will see you next year.”

About Scrabble
A traditional favourite since 1938, Scrabble has sold more than 100 million sets worldwide since its debut about 80 years ago. Scrabble encourages use of cognitive and problem-solving skills along with thought processes, which makes it an ideal educational game. Furthermore, the sport fits well within the curriculum and benefits can be seen in concentration levels, numeracy and reading comprehension. Educators and parents, worldwide, have found that Scrabble positively impacts participating children by strengthening their verbal, spelling, math, time management, team-work, social and even strategic thinking skills.

About Collins
Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products across various sectors. Our educational publishing continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for India and International curricula to support teachers and pupils at school and outside the classroom environment. Visit us at

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