Francesca Vigilante joins Executive Management Team as Secretary

QuidditchUK are excited to announce that Francesca Vigilante has joined the organisation as Secretary. In this role Vigilante will be working closely with the Executive Management Team to support them in numerous administrative duties and answer incoming queries from the community. QuidditchUK also looks forward to seeing what else Vigilante will bring to the role.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for QuidditchUK head over to www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer to find out more about our opportunities.

Photography Credit: Hannah Dignum

Feedback for the British Quidditch Cup 2018 Released

The 2018 British Quidditch Cup (BQC 2018) was held at Brookes Sports Botley, Oxford, across the weekend of the 24th and 25th March 2018. The feedback in the document linked below was generated from a Google form distributed to the quidditch community post-tournament and reflected largely positive comments with constructive notes for improvement in the following years. For the first time the tournament committee have also provided feedback on their experience running the British Quidditch Cup, in the hopes it will be beneficial to both QuidditchUK and future tournament committees.

The feedback can be found here.

QuidditchUK would like to thank everyone that contributed and gave their thoughts on the event both positive and negative;  the feedback will be kept in mind and used to help plan future tournaments of an even higher standard.

QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League Partner With Enrich Education

 

QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Enrich Education to provide school youth quidditch sessions, workshops, and deliver a youth coaching curriculum.

The partnership will see Enrich Education continue their acclaimed and highly popular youth quidditch sessions in schools, now with both QuidditchUK and Quidditch Premier League backing. It will also see youth workshops at individual QuidditchUK and Quidditch Premier League events.

“This new partnership with Enrich Education and Quidditch Premier League is an amazing step in the growth of quidditch across the UK” said QuidditchUK President Mel Piper. “It is vital that for the future of the sport we now not only look at the adult game, but the youth side too. Quidditch we know helps bring and keep people from all backgrounds into sport, and early findings with Enrich show this will also be reflected in the youth game. I can’t wait to see this develop, and a big thanks to Enrich for all their support and work already.”

The agreement will also see a portion of the revenue from Enrich Education’s in-school youth quidditch sessions go directly towards the Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK, to further develop the grassroots of quidditch nationwide.

“This is an incredibly exciting partnership,’ said Quidditch Premier League Director Jack Lennard. ‘To help nurture young talent, we need to build pipelines that allow potential players to find their feet in the sport as they grow. Working alongside Enrich Education and QuidditchUK will help us lay those foundations as we all develop. The partnership also means we no longer have to turn away eager potential athletes at schools around the country, simply because we lack those pathways into quidditch; all are welcome, all are free to participate.”

To date, Enrich Education have delivered over 30 youth quidditch sessions in schools, and they have found a huge appetite for the sport in children, teachers, and parents alike.

“Enrich Education is delighted to be teaming up with QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League, as the official education partner for youth quidditch” said Enrich Education Director Matthew Vaudrey. “Quidditch is proving extremely popular with schools. It is a new, fast, physical, fun sport, that engages all pupils. The potential for the growth of youth quidditch across the UK is huge, as there is a clear appetite from young people to access more opportunities to play quidditch. This exciting partnership will provide those opportunities and introduce more children to this amazing game.”

For information on how to bring quidditch to your school, please contact Mel Piper at president@quidditchuk.org.

TeamUK Supporters Kit

QuidditchUK are excited to announce the official TeamUK Supporter Merchandise for World Cup 2018.

We have designed two supporter t-shirts and an official TeamUK snapback for the weekend, all designed by Emma Piper with a brand new TeamUK logo.

Orders are open until Saturday June 10th 2018 at 23:59 – The Snapbacks are on a limited run of 80 hats so get in quickly.

Pre-Orders are now open in the QuidditchUK shop, and will be available for collection in Florence at World Cup 2018.

www.quidditchuk.org/shop

Photo Credit – Sam Senior

 

QuidditchUK announces Event Minimum Roster Policy

From the 2018/2019 season onwards, QuidditchUK will require mandatory minimums to submit a legal roster for a QuidditchUK tournament. Teams must still make this roster requirement when registering at the actual tournament.

This policy has been introduced to avoid forfeiture due to injuries or unforseen absences ruling out smaller teams – we no longer believe 7 player rosters are feasible for tournaments that span an entire weekend where teams are expected to play in excess of 6 games.

The policy only includes official QuidditchUK tournaments, and does not include tournaments or fixtures run by quidditch clubs or other organisations.

Read the policy below:

QUIDDITCHUK EVENT MINIMUM ROSTER POLICY

If you have any questions on this policy or the minority gender requirements, please contact us here – www.quidditchuk.org/contact

 

QuidditchUK Financial Surplus Report – 2016/2017

QuidditchUK are today releasing the revised financial statement for the 2016/2017 season.  The report (linked below) provides information regarding QuidditchUK’s income and expenditure across all of our tournaments and other activities for the 2016/17 season.

QuidditchUK Financial Surplus Report – 2016/2017

QuidditchUK would like to apologise for the delay in publishing this revised report following the retraction of the earlier version in January 2018. This retraction follows inconsistencies in the referee payments reported throughout the season, which are currently being reconciled by an accountant.  QuidditchUK acknowledge that delays like this are frustrating and as a result of the issues in publishing this report, the improvement of transparency throughout our organisation is of critical importance and is something we are prioritising before the beginning of the 2018/2019 season.  Our aims include facilitating better communication between clubs, players and volunteers; and a single streamlined system for managing expenses and officials payments/reimbursements alike.

If you would like to get in contact with QuidditchUK with questions about the Financial Surplus Report or otherwise, please do not hesitate to drop us a message using the contact page.

 

Genevieve Tyrrell announced as new QuidditchUK Events Director

QuidditchUK are excited to announce that Genevieve Tyrrell has been appointed as Events Director on the Executive Management Team. With considerable experience in events management, including being Operations Officer at BQC 2018, Genevieve will be working closely with the Operations and Development department to successfully deliver and continue to improve QuidditchUK’s regional and national tournaments.

In addition, QuidditchUK are pleased to announce that Peggy Cook will also be joining the Events team as Assistant Director.

We look forward to seeing what they both achieve throughout their time at QuidditchUK.

If you would like to get in touch with Genevieve or the Events team make sure to drop her an email at events@quidditchuk.org

Want to get involved with QuidditchUK? Make sure to head over to www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer to see what opportunities are available!

Yani Ahmed steps down as QuidditchUK Secretary

QuidditchUK are saddened to announce that Yani Ahmed will be stepping down from the role of QuidditchUK Secretary.

Since joining the organisation in 2015, Ahmed has played a crucial role behind the scenes of QuidditchUK, supporting the work of EMT in numerous administrative duties.

We would like to thank Yani for all her work with QuidditchUK and we wish her all the best in the future. President, Mel Piper, stated “Yani has been such a key role in building QuidditchUK over the past three years. She has constantly created minutes of high quality, and also helped within Operations and beginning the QuidditchUK Census, which will be out in the coming weeks.”

The role of Secretary is now open and can be found here.

Glasgow Grim Reapers dominate second ever Development Cup

After a successful first tournament in Oxford last year, the second iteration of Development Cup took place on the 14 and 15th of April in at 22  Acres  Playing Fields, York. 13 teams from across the UK competed and honed their skills with the Glasgow Grim Reapers who came out on top after a decisive victory over Bathilisks QC in the final. Throughout the tournament Glasgow performed exceptionally well, topping their Group in Day 1 and again winning all their games on Day 2 to become the first ever Scottish team to win a QuidditchUK tournament.

Glasgow Grim Reapers’ path to the title:

Group Stage:
Glasgow Grim Reapers 110* – 40 Northern Lights
Glasgow Grim Reapers 130* – 40 Stirling Ridgebacks
Glasgow Grim Reapers 100 – 30* Sheffield Sealions
Glasgow Grim Reapers 90* – 40 Oxford Quidlings

Championship Bracket:
Glasgow Grim Reapers 100* – 30 Stirling Ridgebacks
Glasgow Grim Reapers 150* – 20 St Andrews Snidgets
Glasgow Grim Reapers 160* – 0 Bathilisks QC

In the third place playoff another Scottish team the St Andrews Snidgets defeated Oxford Quidlings to take the bronze medal with a 100* – 40 victory, whilst Northern Lights were the winners of the Consolation Bracket defeating Preston Poltergeists 110* – 20 in the final.

QuidditchUK would like to thank everyone who made the tournament happen, especially the tournament committee, the coaches, the referees and the volunteers both playing and non-playing. Without you the tournament wouldn’t have been such a huge success.

Full results from both days and final standings can be found here.

Got feedback for Development Cup 2018? Make sure to head here to let us know what you think!

Team UK’s roster unveiled ahead of World Cup 2018

Team UK are sending the nation’s top players to compete in the 2018 IQA Quidditch World Cup this June to defend the UK’s position as one of the best teams in the world. The 25-player squad will represent the UK and compete against 31 other teams in their bid for gold in Florence, Italy from 30 June – 1 July.

The 2016 Quidditch World Cup saw Team UK snatch the bronze medal from Canada with a 190* – 60 point win. With eleven players from the 2016 squad returning, Team UK aims to build on their previous success to take on the reigning champions from Australia. Having made their international debut in 2012, Team UK has made six appearances on the global stage so far. The team has consistently grown since 2012, and won gold for the first time at last Summer’s European Games in Oslo.

Team UK will be taking a full squad of 21 players plus four alternates, as allowed by the Tournament Roster Policy. The team captain for this tournament will be Seb Waters.

The 2018 Team UK roster is comprised of:

Anjit Aulakh
Kerry Aziz
Ed Brett
Alex Carpenter
Ash Cooper
Alex Greenhalgh
Andrew Hull
Franky Kempster
Bex Lowe
Ben Malpass
Jan Mikolajczak
Tom Norton
Jess O’Neill
Bill Orridge
Asia Piatek
Jonathan Purvis
Lucy Q
Jacopo Sartori
Tom Stevens
James Thanangadan
Reuben Thompson
Jemma Thripp
Luke Trevett
Seb Waters (C)
Jackie Woodburn

Photo credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography