Team UK

The UK’s national quidditch team, Team UK, consists of the best players in the United Kingdom. Coached by Emily Oughtibridge and most recently captained by William Orridge, these players represent UK quidditch at international tournaments twice a year, competing in the European Games and the Quidditch World Cup.

Players are dedicated athletes and activists to the sport, donning the Team UK kits with pride as they show both the elite level of play the UK can offer and the sports values we honour. Many players are activists in the Quidditch community, setting up or helping run both university and community teams.

2017 marked a record breaking victory for Team UK, where the team won the European Games after beating France to take the gold.

Team UK at European Games 2017 – Photo Nicholas Oughtibridge

In 2016, Team UK competed at the Quidditch World Cup in Frankfurt, coming third after beating Team Canada, missing out on silver and gold to USA and Australia.

Team UK have a history of being leaders in the global sport, hosting the first ever international tournament, the Summer Games, in Oxford, UK. The first time international teams had formally competed against each other in a structured tournament, the event kickstarted quidditch in the UK, resulting in an explosion of growth and development of the sport and leading the UK to where it is today in terms of quidditch development and teams.

Team UK’s Legacy:

Tournament Location Team UK’s Result
2017 European Games Oslo, Norway 1st
2016 Quidditch World Cup Frankfurt, Germany 3rd
2015 European Games Sarteano, Italy 2nd
2014 Global Games Burnaby, Canada 4th
2012 Summer Games Oxford, UK 5th

In 2015 QuidditchUK launched the Team UK Training Squad. The Team UK Training Squad is the standing squad of Team UK and is reselected by the the Team UK coaches every few months to ensure the best players in the country are included. 2016 saw the launch of the Team UK Expansion Squad. The Expansion Squad aims to give players not yet good enough for the Team UK Training Squad a pathway to the squad and to elevate the level of quidditch in the UK. Both the Team UK Training Squad and Team UK Expansion Squad were the first of their kind worldwide.

As of October 28th 2017 the Team UK Training Squad and Expansion Squads are as follows:

Team UK Training Squad:

Coaches Keepers Chasers Beaters Seekers
Emily Oughtibridge, Head Coach Andrew Hull Tom Stevens Bill Orridge Callum Lake
Lucy Q, Beater Coach Seb Waters Ben Malpass Jacopo Sartori Jonathan Purvis
James Thanangadan, Chaser Coach Alex Greenhalgh James Thanangadan Jan Mikolajczak  
Ben Morton, Seeker Coach   Luke Trevett Anjit Aulakh  
    Ed Brett Aaron Brett-Miller  
    Jemma Thripp Dan Trick  
    Jackie Woodburn Lucy Q  
    Abbi Harris Lucy Edlund  
    Bex Lowe Jess O’Neill  
    Franky Kempster Alex Carpenter  
    Natasha Ferenczy Alice Walker  
    Asia Piatek Kerry Aziz  
    Sarah Ridley Natalie A’Bear  
    Sophie Craig    
    Lauren Sterry    
    Aaron Veale    
    Ashley Cooper    
    Reuben Thompson    

Team UK Expansion Squad:

Coaches Keepers Chasers Beaters Seekers
Jay Holmes, Head Coach Alex Macartney Ben Honey Amy Chan Callum Lake
Tommy Morgan, Chaser Coach Callum Humphreys Caleb Pakeman Ben Guthrie Jonathan Purvis
Dave Goddin, Beater Coach Chris Scholes-Lawrence David Goswell Chris Thomas  
  Elliot Fisher El Zukowicz Gabri Hall-Rapa  
    Emma Sands Imy Gregg  
    Gabby Fitzgerald Jade Saunders  
    Hannah Ridley Lewis Boast  
    Hannah Watts Lucy Edlund  
    Joe Kernagan Rachel Lily  
    Joel Davis Tayyeb Ali  
    Jonathon Cookes Emily Hymers  
    Kat Jack    
    Katie Dickens    
    Katy Lawrence    
    Lydia Calder    
    Michael Stakesby-Lewis    
    Ollie Brigden    
    Samantha Frolich    
    Steve Withers    
    Tom Norton    
    Tommy Ruler    
    Warren McFadyen    
    Emily Arnold    

In another quidditch worldwide first, in 2017 QuidditchUK launched the Team UK Research and Analysis department, tasked with implementing a comprehensive system of data-orientated support for the Team UK coaches and players. The Research and Analysis team, headed by Jay Holmes, will included Data Analysts and the Team UK scouts who will both contribute to the Team UK Selection Process.

To support both squads and the research and analysis department, 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.

The Team UK Research and Analysis department are:
Head of Research and Analysis: Jay Holmes
Scouts: James Burnett, Ben Pooley, James Thanangadan, Ollie Riley, Dan Trick, Lucy Q, Tommy Morgan, Dave Goddin, Seb Waters, Ashara Peiris, Anna Barton.