Announcing the new Development Director

QuidditchUK are pleased to announce that Harry Smith will be joining the Executive Management Team as our new Development Director.

An accomplished player of York Horntails for several years, as well as serving as President for the newly formed London Quidditch Club; Harry’s experience as both a player, volunteer, and leader within the quidditch community will be invaluable as he takes on this role.

Harry will be replacing Rix Dishington as a first point of call for all things involving coaching, resourcing, clubs, memberships, transfers, and the ever important general forums hosted by QuidditchUK – We’re looking forward to having him on board.

Welcome Harry, and best of luck in your new role.

To see our current volunteer vacancies, visit quidditchuk.org/volunteer

Regional Tournaments Locations and Dates Announced

QuidditchUK are incredibly excited to announce that our regional tournaments for this season will take place at the following dates and venues:

Northern Cup

10/11 November at Sheffield Hallam Sports Park

https://www.shu.ac.uk/current-students/sport

After a massively successful Northern Cup last year, we’re excited to return to Sheffield Hallam once again. With floodlights, artificial pitches, high quality fields, changing rooms, and ample space for our athletes to compete and spectate, Sheffield Hallam promises to provide yet another great weekend of quidditch.

Southern Cup

24/25 November at Sevenoaks Knole Academy

https://www.knoleacademy.org/

After some (read: a lot) of hunting, we’re happy to confirm that Southern will be hosted by Knole Academy this November. In line with our Northern tournament we will have access to floodlights, artificial pitches, high quality fields, and space for our athletes to compete, eat, and relax throughout the weekend.

This new season promises to be one of the most competitive QuidditchUK has ever seen, with regionals determining not only who will compete in the British Quidditch Cup next April, but also deciding who moves forward to compete at the European Qualifier Tournament, and ultimately represent us against the best Europe has to offer at the European Quidditch Cup next year.

With the rise of new teams across the United Kingdom, we cannot wait to see all of our clubs competing again this November.

The bidding process for regionals this year was handled more on the QuidditchUK side, though bidding packages were released to clubs as well should they wish to submit a venue to host us.

Initially, Northern was penned to be hosted in Manchester, however due to losing access to both artificial pitches and floodlights we could no longer host a tournament at the standard we were aiming for. We were then approached by Sheffield Hallam who offered to host us once again, providing their excellent facilities to our athletes.

Southern also came with it’s share of complications, November plays host to a range of sports that make use of many high-end sporting facilities. Initially we had lined up Wide Lane Sports Ground in Southampton, but due to block bookings that utilised their floodlit grounds by football and rugby clubs on our preferred dates, both parties deemed it impractical for an event as large as Southern. We also had Shaftesbury Park in Bristol lined up as our next option, however a home rugby game for their 1st XV women’s team meant that their floodlit facilities were also out of commission.

Oxford Brookes also placed a bid for Southern, however a lack of artificial pitches and floodlights meant it wouldn’t be suitable for the winter tournament.

Ultimately Knole Academy were able to provide the level of facility that QuidditchUK were happy to have host one of our flagship events, and we’re excited to see our athletes come together later this November.

We would like to apologise for the delay in providing confirmation, as we know there were frustrations expressed by our members while waiting for this announcement. The unexpected complications, brought on by our requirements for artificial pitches and floodlights, significantly reduced the potential venues we could draw on and brought on delays and cancellations with what would otherwise be great venues for our tournaments.

For QuidditchUK, sourcing these venues with a need for marked artificial pitches and floodlights has proven difficult with the popularity of high end sports grounds for more traditional sports. However with the outreach made by QuidditchUK, we have made contact with several venues that are excited to host future QuidditchUK events. To avoid delays like this in the future we will be releasing our 2019/2020 bids before summer, and approaching our new venue contacts to lock in our flagship tournaments.

We would also like to thank the volunteers who worked tirelessly in sourcing and finalising these venues for us. In particular Genevieve Tyrell and her entire events team; Tom Ower, Olly Nyugen, and Harry Smith are also greatly appreciated in their assistance in their venue search.

Regional Tournament Committee positions will be open for application shortly here:

www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer

Announcing The New Team UK Head Coach

QuidditchUK are proud to announce James ‘JT’ Thanangadan as the new Head Coach for Team UK.

Both a Team UK athlete since 2015 and the Team UK Chaser Coach since 2016; James’ experience both as an athlete and leader will be invaluable to the growth and performance of Team UK.

A decorated veteran player with several regional, national, and international titles under his belt already; James has represented the United Kingdom with Team UK , debuting in 2016 for the IQA Quidditch World Cup in Frankfurt, continuing to take gold for for us at European Games in Oslo in 2017, and again competing in the Team UK jersey earlier this year at the IQA World Cup in Italy.

James had this to say –

“I’m looking forward to working with the team as we prepare for the new season and the challenges of getting back on top of the European quidditch scene.”

We would like to offer James the warmest congratulations, and offer him and all of our national athletes the best of luck as we look towards future international tournaments.

 

 

QuidditchUK Partners with Akuma Sports Kit Providers

QuidditchUK are pleased to announce we have secured a partnership deal with kit providers Akuma Sports to give all QuidditchUK affiliated teams a 15% discount on their kit, training wear and merchandise orders.

Already a popular choice for quidditch club kits in the UK, Akuma Sports are one of the UK’s premier suppliers of bespoke, custom sports kits. They have a large design team who can help create new kit concepts and designs, and with a three week turnaround time they’ll be ready in plenty of time for the new season!

Akuma are keen to work with even more quidditch clubs, so any QuidditchUK affiliated team will receive a 15% discount on their orders. They have created different levels of Quidditch Kit Bundles, or you can create your own bundles to suit your club’s needs.

All clubs will shortly receive an email with more details about how to access the discounts.

QuidditchUK August Website Issues

In late August QuidditchUK were made aware of some website users being redirected to third party websites when trying to access the QuidditchUK website.

After some investigation and working with our webhosts, we discovered that some malicious code had found it’s way onto the web pages served by the QuidditchUK website which would intermittently redirect visitors to unaffiliated websites.

The issue was first reported on Thursday 23rd August at 21:49 and confirmed by a malware scan of our website by our webhosts. The issue was resolved by Friday 24th August at 00:36 with a subsequent scan from our webhosts at 01:11 on Friday 24th August confirming that they no longer considered there to be any problems.  We believe that no personal data or information was taken from the QuidditchUK website during the affected time.

As a precaution we have installed and upgraded several security plugins to our website, and changed the passwords of all administrative QuidditchUK accounts.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused. If you notice any technical or security issues with the QuidditchUK website, please report to them to admin@quidditchuk.org with any information relevant to the issue.

The 2018/19 Season is here

Welcome to the QuidditchUK 2018/19 season!

The season will run until the 31st of July 2019 and Individual, Club and Team membership is now open.

Membership fees are as follows:
Individual Memberships
New Members: £15
Student Members: £22
Community Members: £30

Club Memberships
New University Clubs: £35

Others: £70

Team Memberships: £35

More information on different types of memberships can be found at:
Individual Membership Policy
Club Membership Policy 

Memberships can be purchased in the shop. Clubs will be emailed their registered members throughout the season. If your club doesn’t appear as an option on the shop you will need to wait until they have been added to purchase membership. Clubs will be added to the list as they purchase membership.

If you experience any problems with purchasing your membership please email admin@quidditchuk.org

Policies

QuidditchUK have been working on our policies for the upcoming season and you can find links to them all on the Our Policies page.

Please note we’ve also made an amendment to our European Qualifier Tournament Eligibility Policy, which now allows qualifying players to play for a different qualifying team within their club.

Rulebook

QuidditchUK will be using the IQA Rulebook 2018-2020 with only the following amendments:

– 2.5.2.D.ii. “Spikes or studs must not be completely made of metal or affixed with metal caps.” is removed in its entirety.

– 2.5.2.E. “A mouthguard which shall: i. Include an occlusal (protecting and separating the biting surfaces) portion. ii. Include a labial (protecting the teeth and supporting structures) portion. iii. Cover the posterior teeth with adequate thickness.” is removed in its entirety.

– 2.5.5.E-H shall be renamed 2.5.5.F-I, and 2.5.5.E “A mouthguard.” shall be inserted under Additional equipment.