QuidditchUK launches next phase of community consultation for 2020/21 season

As QuidditchUK research the best options for the 2020/21 season and beyond, we are continuing our community consultation to help us design a successful season structure. The timeline of these consultations is below, and we hope everyone finds something they can engage with! Each stage of consultation will be launched after there has been sufficient time for the previous stage to be evaluated, and for amendments to be made reflecting the insights from previous consultations.

  • First round-table: Tuesday 3rd March
  • Second round-table (if demand suffices): To be consulted with attendees
  • Survey release: 22nd March
  • Public review of round-table comments: 23rd March
  • Survey close: 29th March
  • Document commentary release: Early April
  • Survey results release: Mid-late April
  • Decision for 2020/21 announced: May

We are currently looking for participants in the round-table; information about this is provided here and you can sign up through this form!

The minutes from General Forum, the first phase of consultation, can be found here. The document commentary will be a more developed proposal, released with a form allowing all members to send in their comments.

Please note that at every stage of the consultation, the proposed changes are non-binding. We are keen to avoid adjustments which would seriously harm or inconvenience teams of any kind, and all proposals are attempting to balance many competing priorities. These consultations are an opportunity to help to build a functional season structure together, benefitting teams across the country and giving everyone better opportunities for competition.

If, after consultation and review, we find that the current (2019/20) structure is the most appropriate to support the growth and quality of quidditch in the UK, we will strive to deliver a successful 2020/21 season within this format. We welcome your comments, ideas and queries throughout this process, and we are looking forward to working with community members to ensure a successful 2019/20 and 2020/21 season.

QuidditchUK welcomes Fran Morris as new Events Director

QuidditchUK is delighted to formally announce Fran Morris as the new Events Director. In this role, Fran will be taking the helm of QuidditchUK’s flagship events, supporting our Events Officers and tournament committees to deliver regional and national tournaments to a high standard.

Fran brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this role, and has repeatedly proven her ability to deliver excellent events. She led the tournament committee of Northern Cup 2019 as tournament director, and has also held senior roles in delivering BQC, Christmas Cup, and multiple iterations of Valentines Cup. Fran’s experience as a player is also extensive, from a strong first season in 2015-16 with the Radcliffe Chimeras, to leading the Oxford Quidlings as captain, before joining her current team the Oxford Mammoths.

Fran looks on

Upon joining QuidditchUK, Fran said:

I cannot wait to join QuidditchUK on a permanent basis as Events Director, especially as the upcoming year is looking to be an exciting time in terms of events, with some big changes coming to our season structure. My main focus will be on overseeing these changes and ensuring a smooth transition into a new system which gives teams and players more opportunities to compete. I’m looking forward to building on the excellent foundations laid by Gen in this role previously, and working with the incredible Events department, to continue to deliver great tournaments and fixtures in future!

As Events Director, Fran will be a member of the QuidditchUK Executive Management Team, and will help to steer the sport through 2020 and beyond. She has already been involved in the delivery of the European Qualifying Tournament 2020, and we are excited to see Fran apply her experience and formidable work ethic to upcoming events.

Best of luck in your new role, Fran!

Victory At Last! LQC A Claims Gold At EQT 2020

Our 2nd edition of the European Qualifier Tournament, a fairly new mainstream tournament hosted by QuidditchUK, unravelled last weekend at the Salford Sports Village during the 1st and 2nd of February.

London Quidditch Club A faced their Clapham Common neighbours London Unspeakables, yet again for the 3rd time this season within the grand final of the event. Since they encountered the Unspeakables twice this season, once during the Southern Cup 2019 semi-final and the other during the ‘final’ play-in game last weekend at one side of the bracket. We can imagine LQCA were a bit frustrated with playing the same team they previously lost to a third time round. Luckily for them, they did not honour the Unspeakables a winning three-peat. In a final which anyone could tell LQC were hungry for the win, the tables had turned with the score set at 40-10 before snitch on pitch, Unspeakables still within overtime range to create even more upsets. During their previous game against LQCA, Unspeakables caught from 20 points down to win their game, entering the final. LQCA had to take a slight diversion, facing the Megalodons in an intense game with VQC’s second team cold-caught the snitch from 60 points down (90-30), ending the game at 90-60*.

During the final, Chema Hidalgo Lopez caught from behind snitch, Steve Busson to finish the game off at a cool 70*-10 to London Quidditch Club A. Thus securing their first tournament overall victory this season. A massive congratulations to the newest community club from London, who are now well into their second season since their genesis.

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Our European Qualifier Tournament 2020 winners: London Quidditch Club A!
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The London Unspeakables: Runners up at EQT 2020
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The Megalodons: Bronze Medalists
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Yes, and that’s about it! But for those who thought EQT was as wrapped up as that, guess again. (See a list of full rankings at the end of this article)

To kick off the new decade, #EQT2020 facilitated twelve of the best teams from across the country based off the rankings that stand from the Northern and Southern events that took place in November 2019. Both winners of each respected regional tournament, the Velociraptors and the Werewolves of London Firsts, automatically qualified for EQC Division 1 as well as landing a ‘first seed’ within their eventual groups for the international tournament. EQT’s purpose was to house these twelve teams to compete to gain not only qualification for Division 1 (Ghent, Belgium) and Division 2 (Brescia, Italy) of the European Quidditch Cup with three spots available for the former and a generous five up for grabs for the latter. But also to calculate which teams had the best seeding within the upcoming tournaments based in Europe.

The European Qualifier’s policy stayed true to the Northern and Southern rankings, with selected the best six teams from each region. Leceister Thestrals ranked 5th at Northern Cup 2019, securing a spot at EQT 2020 and were originally attending their first European Qualifier Tournament. Leicester decided to withdraw from the event due to financial difficulties, following a vote ordered by the club’s committee. A new team was able to take Leicester’s spot, and QuidditchUK offered the position to Sheffield, who later declined the opportunity. It was then offered to Warwick Quidditch Club, who solidified as the 12th and final team competing at the tournament in Salford, Manchester.

To recap, London Quidditch Club A (1st) will be going to EQC D1 with a 2nd Seed place within the eventual groups, whereas second-time silver medallists, London Unspeakables (2nd) as well as bronze medallists, the Megalodons (3rd) will be running into EQC D1 as a 3rd seeded team. Olympians Quidditch Club (4th) and Oxford Mammoths (5th) have been granted as EQC D2’s 1st Seeded teams in Italy, taking place in March of this year. Finally, London Quidditch Club’s second team, LQCB (6th) joins the former teams in Italy as the only 2nd Seeded team to come out of the tournament, leaving Southampton Quidditch Club (7th) and Edinburgh Holyrood Hippogriffs (8th) as unseeded teams respectively.

Congratulations to each and everyone of the teams that came and competed in Manchester, whether you qualified for a European Quidditch Cup division or didn’t, QuidditchUK would like to extend our praise to you for how well teams performed on the weekend. On the contrary, from a volunteering and resourcefulness perspective, absolutely everyone lent their assistance to make this EQT the best one yet and we couldn’t have done it without your continuous support! Thank you!

You can find the full rankings for the weekend here.

Please help us in making EQT 2021 even better than this event by leaving your honest feedback using our handy feedback form.

Photo Credit: Simon Blackshaw (The Dislodged Hoop)