Team UK Statistics
Things were busy at Stats HQ over the summer, which began with creating a list of all the data to be collected at European Games by discussion with the coaching team and split by positions (quaffle, beater, and seeker statistics). What could be done live and what would be taken from the footage was worked out, and the team ventured to Oslo to start the real work.
At European Games every Team UK game was filmed, despite slight difficulties in the earlier games due to unsatisfactory weather conditions, including main footage of the quaffle and occasionally beater play and a separate snitch cam. The data taken live included bludger control and individual beater accuracy. General information such as game time and cards given were taken from the scoresheets.
On returning to reality, the scrutinising of footage began. Each person was assigned two games to work on, and from the footage obtained and occasional reference to the livestream, the majority of the data aimed to be collected was achieved. A start was made on the planned fancy data presentation: some sick sub rotation graphs (thanks to Lucy) and a big informative spreadsheet compiling all the passing and assisting information (thanks to Rix) were both created.
Due to unforeseen factors such as life and university, not all the ideas such as gender sorted stats made it past the drawing board, but this potentially could be followed up on in future casual vacancy postings.
On the whole the project was a success, and the hard work will at least somewhat aid Team UK in their future endeavours. With good recruitment and much World Cup hype, this department could well be Team UK’s secret weapon in their aspiring conquest of Florence.
Within the Communications department, the Wikipedia pages for the British Quidditch Cup, Southern Cup and Northern Cup have been updated to include results from BQC 2017 and Northern and Southern Cup 2016. The next goal is to make updates to the QuidditchUK and Team UK pages.
The QUK website also saw its reincarnation to the shiny new website we have today, and includes new pages such as the Partners page. Research from volunteers like Laura Jamieson has produced pages on Team UK and the History of BQC (coming soon), as well as updating information on QUK’s audience, the press, the players and the general public. The goal of this work is to help readers understand and appreciate the role and history of Team UK and BQC, and recognise the UK’s involvement in the history of the sport, which becomes especially important as Quidditch in the UK continues to grow and mature.
So much has been achieved with the new website already, and next on the list are updates to the pages for Team UK, BQC, Southern Cup and Northern Cup.