Announcing the Team UK Training and Expansion Squad

Following careful selection, QuidditchUK are proud to announce the Team UK Training Squad and Expansion Squad for the next training weekends. Coached by Emily Oughtibridge and Jay Holmes respectively, the Training and Expansion Squads will be training with the aim of making the final 21.

Congratulations to all that have been selected and we look forward to seeing what you achieve across the weekends!

Team UK Training Squad:

Andrew Hull
Seb Waters
Alex Greenhalgh
Tom Stevens
Ben Malpass
James Thanangadan
Aaron Veale
Ashley Cooper
Reuben Thompson
Luke Trevett
Ed Brett
Jemma Thripp
Jackie Woodburn
Abbi Harris
Bex Lowe
Franky Kempster
Tash Ferenczy
Asia Piatek
Sarah Ridley
Sophie Craig
Lauren Sterry
Bill Orridge
Jacopo Sartori
Jan Mikolajczak
Anjit Aulakh
Aaron Brett-Miller
Dan Trick
Lucy Q
Lucy Edlund
Jess O’Neill
Alex Carpenter
Alice Walker
Kerry Aziz
Nat A’Bear
Callum Lake
Jonathan Purvis

Team UK Expansion Squad:

Alex Macartney
Amy Chan
Ben Guthrie
Ben Honey
Caleb Pakeman
Callum Humphries
Chris Scholes-Lawrence
Chris Thomas
David Goswell
El Zukowicz
Elliot Fisher
Emily Arnold
Emily Hymers
Emma Sands
Gabby Fitzgerald
Gabri Hall-Rapa
Hannah Ridley
Hannah Watts
Imy Gregg
Jade Saunders
Joe Kernagan
Joel Davis
Jonathon Cookes
Kat Jack
Katie Dickens
Katy Lawrence
Lewis Boast
Lydia Calder
Michael Stakesby-Lewis
Ollie Brigden
Rachel Lily
Samantha Frolich
Steve Withers
Tayyeb Ali
Tom Norton
Tommy Ruler
Warren McFadyen

Emma Bramwell to Head Communications Department

QuidditchUK are pleased to announce that Emma Bramwell will be replacing Simon Bidwell as Communications Director. As part of this transition, Bidwell will be moving to the position of Technology Coordinator to give continued support to the development and growth of the new QuidditchUK website.

Moving from her role as Assistant Communications Director, Bramwell will now manage the Communications Department. The Department oversees the promotion of tournaments, clubs, and QuidditchUK in the form of social media and PR.

If you have any questions regarding the Communications Department within QuidditchUK, Emma can be contacted at communications@quidditchuk.org.

Development Cup 2018 to be hosted in York

Development Cup 2018 will take place on the weekend of 14th-15th April 2018 at 22 Acres in York.

After recieving several bids, 22 Acres, York, has been selected due to its great onsite facilities and quality sporting grounds, including high grade sports pitches, indoor changing rooms and accessibility to teams travelling from outside of York.

Bids to host Development Cup were also recieved from Wyncote Sports Ground, Liverpool, UCLan Sports Arena, Preston, Brookes Sport, Oxford, and Bath Recreation Ground, Bath. Wyncote Sports Ground andUCLan Sports Arena were considered strong candidates to host Development Cup 2018, but were eventually deemed unsuitable due to the cost to host and the availability to host at the proposed venues. Having already been chosen as the venue for the British Quidditch Cup 2018, Brookes Sport was also proposed as a potential venue for Development Cup 2018, however QuidditchUK felt it would be beneficial to host Development Cup at a different venue. Bath Recreation Ground proved to be an excellent venue to host Development Cup in the future with fantastic facilities on offer however due to the limited amount of space available during the Rugby season, 22 Acres in York proved to be a stronger location for the 2017/18 season.

For any enquiries regarding Development Cup 2018, please email events@quidditchuk.org.

Announcing BQC 2018

QuidditchUK is pleased to announce that the British Quidditch Cup 2018 will take place on the weekend of 24th-25th March at Brookes Sport Botley, Oxford.

After an extensive bidding process Brookes Sport was selected due to the excellent facilities onsite, including high grade sporting pitches and indoor areas that can cater to a BQC sized crowd of players and volunteers. The ease of accessibility to Oxford for UK teams as a whole and previous relationships built by QuidditchUK with suppliers and vendors within the Oxford area from previous tournaments made this an excellent venue for us to work with.

This season’s BQC promises to be the best yet, with a high quality venue set to deliver the best quidditch the United Kingdom has to offer.

Other venues that submitted bids to host BQC 2018 included the Rugeley Leisure Centre, Wyncote Sports Ground Liverpool and Bath Recreation Ground. Having hosted the previous two BQCs, Rugeley Leisure Centre is a venue QuidditchUK maintain a fantastic working relationship with however it was felt that this season called for a different venue. Wyncote Sports Ground and Bath Recreation Ground both submitted strong bids but were ultimately deemed impractical due to a mixture of factors. Liverpool’s Wyncote Sports Ground had limited availability and would have found it difficult to facilitate the required number of pitches for BQC 2018. Despite this, Liverpool stood out as an excellent venue for events and we’re looking forward to potentially working with them on future tournaments. Similarly, despite the excellent quality of the sports grounds available at Bath Recreation Ground, the venue size would have been too small to host a tournament at the scale of BQC.

More information about BQC 2018 will be released after the regional tournaments have concluded. In the meantime if you have BQC related questions please contact events@quidditchuk.org.

General Forum Schedule for the 2017/18 Season

The General Forum is an opportunity for clubs to discuss points provided by the wider community with QuidditchUK and for the next season will be occurring almost exclusively on the second Wednesday of every other month. These are the dates QuidditchUK turn to the clubs to hear your thoughts and opinions, so make sure you use the opportunity.

The General Forum for the 2017/18 season will be hosted on:
18th October 2017
13th December 2017
14th February 2018
11th April 2018
13th June 2018
15th August 2018

Put these dates into your club calendar, set email reminders to be free nearer the time and make sure your whole club is aware! QuidditchUK will email clubs asking them to confirm their attendance to General Forums in the run up to the event.

British Quidditch Cup 2018 Spot Distribution

For the 2017/18 season the number of spots for the British Quidditch Cup allocated to each region will be determined by how many teams attend each regional. The more teams that attend a regional, the more spots that region will be given. The number of spots for BQC 2018 will remain at 32 total teams.

The way the number of spots each region gets at BQC will be decided is:

(Number of teams that attend Northern ÷ Total number of teams that attended both regionals) x 32 = Number of Northern Spots

(Number of teams that attend Southern ÷ Total number of teams that attended both regionals) x 32 = Number of Southern Spots

NB: If the number of spots given in the equation is a decimal, it will be rounded appropriately.

The decision to allocate spots for BQC proportional to the size of each regional was reached after discussions between the Gameplay Department taking into consideration feedback given by club representatives at the General Forum in the tail-end of the 2016/17 season. Despite clubs slightly favouring a spot allocation based on how a respective region performed at BQC and Dev Cup over proportional representation, the decision was made to base the allocation on regional size to account for the creation of new teams and the heavy roster changes seen over summer. This system also means there will be no readjusting of the regional boundaries for the 2017/18 season.

For example:

If 25 teams attend Northern and 20 attend Southern, the spots would be calculated as follows:
Northern: 25 ÷ 45 = 0.556. 0.556 x 32 = 17.777
Southern: 20 ÷ 45 = 0.444. 0.444 x 32 = 14.222
The North would get 18 spots and the South 14.

If 24 teams attend Northern and 21 attend Southern, the spots would be calculated as follows:
Northern: 24 ÷ 45 = 0.533. 0.533 x 32 = 17.067
Southern: 21 ÷ 45 = 0.467. 0.467 x 32 = 14.933
The North would get 17 spots and the South 15.

If you have any further questions, please contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org.

QuidditchUK and SISU Europe Announce Partnership

As we kick off the 2017/2018 season QuidditchUK are proud to announce a partnership with SISU Europe which will extend to all of our members.

From October 2nd – October 12th, SISU are offering an exclusive deal to all QuidditchUK members with a 20% discount across all of their mouth-guards and accessories directly from their website.

As one of the best mouth-guards on the market, SISU have been a staple amongst quidditch players for a couple of years now; and with recruitment taking place all over the UK, the 2nd to the 12th of October will be the best time for you and your freshers to get one at a reduced price.

QuidditchUK will be releasing the discount code to our members soon. Watch this space!

https://www.sisuguard.com/

Team UK Restructuring for the 2017/18 Season

QuidditchUK are looking to build on the fantastic achievements of Team UK over this summer and ensure that our national squad has all of the support we can give them to succeed on a global scale. Towards that end, we have several announcements about the administrative and support structure behind the national team.

Firstly, we are sad to announce some changes in personnel. Tom Heynes will be stepping down as Team UK Manager and Dugald Young will be replaced by Ben Morton as Seeker Coach. Head Coach Emily Oughtibridge said:

I would like to thank both Tom and Dugald for their contributions to Team UK over the last few of years. They have both changed our game for the better. Without Tom’s hard work behind the scenes to organise everything we do, we could not have had the successes we have achieved. Dugald is one of the best coaches I know and his drive to make seeking both a science and an art has made Team UK one of the best when the snitch is on pitch. It is a pity to see these two leave their roles but I wish them all the very best for their futures.

Secondly, we have implemented a new Selection Process for 2017/18 which we feel will allow the very best players to be selected for the national team, but will also increase transparency around selection criteria and enable players and coaches at club level to target key skills and competencies and improve the quality of gameplay across the board.

Finally, we will be making several changes to the administrative structure of Team UK, including the introduction of a new Research and Analysis team in order to support our coaches and maximise the potential of our athletes to succeed on an international stage. In future, the organisation of Team UK will be split into three strands, as outlined below.

Coaches

Under the leadership of Head Coach Emily Oughtibridge, the Team UK coaches will continue to be responsible for all selection and gameplay decisions within Team UK.

The Team UK Coaches are:
Head Coach: Emily Oughtibridge
Beater Coach: Lucy Q
Chaser Coach: James Thanangadan
Seeker Coach: Ben Morton
Expansion Squad Head Coach: Jay Holmes
Expansion Squad Chaser Coach: Tommy Morgan
Expansion Squad Beater Coach: Dave Goddin

Administration

The Team UK administration team comprises three volunteer administrators who each take responsibility for one of: organising all logistical elements of tournament attendance; organising Team UK training weekends; and organising Expansion Squad training weekends.

The Team UK administration team are:
Team UK Administrator: Jemma Thripp
Training Squad Coordinator: Bex Lowe
Expansion Squad Coordinator: Judith Ballinger

Research and Analysis

Following the successful pilot at European Games, QuidditchUK are aiming to implement a more comprehensive system of data-oriented support for the Team UK coaches and players. The Research and Analysis team will also include Team UK scouts, who will be involved in the implementation of our selection process.

We hope that you will join us in congratulating everyone involved in Team UK for their great achievements this summer and consider getting involved behind the scenes in the lead up to World Cup 2018.

QuidditchUK Event Referee Quotas

For the 2017/18 season, QuidditchUK will be introducing a consistent referee quota across all of our events. Every team will be expected to provide a certain number of referees based on their performance in the 2016/17 season. The following is the minimum match official quota for each team attending QuidditchUK events in the 2017/18 season:

If your team attended BQC 2017:
1 Head Referee
2 Assistant Referees
1 Snitch Referee
1 Snitch

If your team attended Development Cup 2017:
1 Assistant Referee
1 Snitch Referee

All teams must also supply:
2 Goal Referees
1 Timekeeper
1 Scorekeeper

All referees/snitches given must be qualified by QuidditchUK or IQA or they will not be counted towards the quota. All unqualified volunteers (goal referees, timekeepers and scorekeepers) must have read, completed, and submitted the QuidditchUK Supplementary Match Officials Form (to be released soon).

Due to QuidditchUK using the IQA rulebook for the 2017/18 season, IQA qualified referees as well as referees qualified under QuidditchUK during the 2016/17 season will be able to officiate at QuidditchUK tournaments. QuidditchUK will be releasing a changelog for the current qualified referees to read before regionals instead of retesting (this will also be publicly available). If you sign up to referee and are not qualified, you must be qualified by the volunteer signup deadline for the tournament you are volunteering at.

If you feel your team cannot meet these quotas then do not hesitate to contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org where you can apply for reduced quotas. The Gameplay Department, Executive Management Team and Tournament Committee will assess the application and give a decision on your quota.

Failure to meet the agreed quota for your team will lead to disqualification from the tournament.

If you have any further questions, please contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org.

Announcing the QuidditchUK Emergency Fund

We are excited to announce that, during the 2017/18 season, QuidditchUK is launching an emergency fund to which member clubs can apply in the case of unexpected financial hardship.

QuidditchUK understands that a variety of unpredictable situations can cause unexpected logistical and financial problems for both clubs and players. While we can often do little to prevent such an event in advance, the organisation is able to give some financial assistance to clubs to mitigate part of the impact associated with emergencies, accidents and the failure of external bodies.

Applications to the Emergency Fund will be assessed on a case-by-case basis by QuidditchUK’s EMT and can be made for amounts up to £500. The full eligibility criteria and application form can be found on the QuidditchUK Emergency Fund page.