Joshua Fogg announced as new Operations Director

Photo credit: Manchester Quidditch Club

QuidditchUK are excited to announce Joshua Fogg is stepping up into the role of Operations Director.

Josh has been volunteering as Acting Operations Director for several months now, taking over from our previous Operations Director after their termination.

Josh brings in a wealth of experience after serving as President for Manchester Universities Quidditch Club for the 2017/2018 Season.

Josh has already contributed immensely to QuidditchUK, handling our logistical, financial, and legal needs as we work towards incorporation in the very near future. They’ve been responsible for the vast quality increase in reporting since last season, and will continue to improve processes for both QuidditchUK and the community.

We would like to thank Josh for all of their hard work thus far, and look forward to continuing to work with them as the official Operations Director moving forward.

European Qualifier Tournament Information Announced

We’re pleased to announce that the inaugural European Qualifier Tournament will take place on the weekend of the 26-27th of January 2019 at Drapers Fields in Stratford, East London.

The European Qualifier Tournament is a new tournament this season organised by QuidditchUK to decide which teams will represent the UK at the European Quidditch Cup Divisions One and Two. The tournament will be open to the top 12 teams that qualified across Southern Cup (top 7) and Northern Cup (top 5) respectively. The top six teams from the European Qualifier Tournament will receive an invitation to compete at the European Quidditch Cup Division 1 held in Belgium on 11-12 May 2019. The teams who finish in 7th and 8th will qualify for the European Quidditch Cup Division 2 in Poland on 13-14 April 2019.

European Qualifier Tournament teams will be subject to the European Qualifier Tournament Eligibility Policy.

QuidditchUK’s Vice President Matt Bateman said:

“With QuidditchUK receiving a record 8 spots across two European Quidditch Cup tournaments this year, having a comprehensive qualifier for us has become more important than ever.

We’ve been working with Drapers Fields in conjunction with playfootball.net to locate a venue that had sufficient facilities to host our athletes come January.

Drapers Field Recreation Ground will have two 3G pitches side by side, marked out for a full weekend of competition. It also features full artificial lighting, and indoor facilities such as changing rooms and a cafe. Being in central London it is accessible to those both inside and outside of the capital, as well as providing opportunity for the public to spectate our best teams as we decide who will represent us in Belgium and Poland later this season.”

British Quidditch Cup 2019 Location Announced

QuidditchUK are excited to announce that the British Quidditch Cup will be hosted at Northumbria Sport, Northumbria University in Newcastle on the weekend of the 6-7th of April 2019.

Northumbria Sport includes world class sport facilities, changing rooms, floodlights, and stands for our main pitch. Both QuidditchUK and Northumbria University are incredibly excited to be hosting our flagship tournament here, as the 2019 British Quidditch Cup promises to be our most exciting, and tightly contested tournament yet.

The best teams from Northern and Southern Cup 2018 along with the top two highest placed Development Cup teams will compete for the title of national champion.

Updates on the British Quidditch Cup to follow soon.

Team Scotland to attend European Games 2019

Photo Credit – Yanna Colmerauer

Following an announcement by the International Quidditch Association earlier this year, it was announced that national governing bodies will have the option to send regional teams to their respective upcoming Continental Games in the summer of 2019.

As a result of this, QuidditchUK has partnered with key individuals within the Scottish quidditch community to put a national Scottish team forward for European Games in 2019.

The goal of this national team is to provide greater exposure of Scottish quidditch to those both inside and outside of the sport. As quidditch gains interest and continues to expand in the public eye, having a national team provides a legitimacy that Scottish players can point towards and help grow their regional teams competitively. It also allows Scottish athletes to align themselves with their national identity, rather than aligning themselves with a combined United Kingdom team who they don’t feel properly represents their Scottish identity.

In keeping with these aims, the Scottish national team will train on a monthly basis in different locations throughout Scotland and is committed to frequent open training sessions that can be attended by anyone, regardless of whether they are currently on the national Scottish squad or not.

The introduction of a Scottish national team does not impact the current Team UK system in any way. Team UK will continue to operate as it always has, and will still compete at European Games under the Team UK monniker. Likewise the national Scottish squad will be completely independent of Team UK, and will be treated as its own entity, though still ultimately representing QuidditchUK as a national governing body to the international community. Scottish players are still eligible to be scouted for, and compete with Team UK, however they may not be on both the Team UK Training Squad and the Scottish national training squad simultaneously.

The team will be managed by Rix Dishington, with Gavin Hughes of Glasgow Grim Reapers overseeing the training and selection as Head Coach. Kieran Newton and Jack Murray from the Holyrood Hippogriffs will be Assistant Coaches, and Tev Wallace of St Andrews Snidgets will be helming the team as Captain next summer.

In order to be eligible for scouting and selection on the Scottish national team, individuals must satisfy the following criteria

  1. The individual is a current registered member of QuidditchUK
  2. The individual is not a current member of the Team UK Training Squad
    1. Players on Team UK Expansion Squad may also be on Team Scotland

The individual must also satisfy at least one of the following

  1. The individual was born in Scotland
  2. A parent of the individual was born in Scotland
  3. The individual is/has been a resident in Scotland for no less than 3 years
  4. The individual is a member, and a regular attendee, of a Scottish quidditch club registered with QuidditchUK

Players who think that they may be eligible and would be interested in being involved should contact teamscotland@quidditchuk.org

Announcing the new Team UK Expansion Squad Coach

QuidditchUK are pleased to announce that Gio Forino will be joining QuidditchUK as the new Head Coach for Team UK’s Expansion Squad.

An accomplished player of the London Unspeakables for several years, as well as serving as Coach and a key member of the committee; Gio’s experience as a player, coach, and volunteer within the quidditch community will be invaluable as he takes on this role.

Gio will be replacing Jay Holmes’ role within Expansion Squad, and taking on the responsibilities as Head Scout, actively contributing to national measures within QuidditchUK – We’re looking forward to having him on board.

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

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

QuidditchUK Financial Update 2018-2019

QuidditchUK are happy to release our financial report for the 2017/2018 season.

At the start of the 2017/2018 season, QuidditchUK started with a total opening balance of £11,107.07 across all of our accounts, and then closed out the season with a balance of £9,261.28.

This means that over the 2017/18 season QuidditchUK operated at a £1,845.79 loss.

You can also find our planned budget for the upcoming 2018/2019 season, with our income and expenditure estimates for the coming year. QuidditchUK are anticipating to operate with a modest surplus of £932.77.

Below you can find, download, and review a full breakdown of our income and expenditures for both last season and the upcoming one.

We will be hosting a General Forum to discuss these reports in the coming weeks, before our flagship tournaments kick off.

QuidditchUK Budget Summary 2018/2019

QuidditchUK Financial Report 2017/2018

British Quidditch Cup 2018 Financial Summary

A huge thank you needs to go to Acting Operations Director, Joshua Fogg, with help from Sim Thornton, Tev Wallace, and QuidditchUK President, Melanie Piper, for compiling these reports.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please get in touch with us here –

www.quidditchuk.org/contact

2018 Regional Tournaments Information Announced

With Northern and Southern Cup less than 2 months away, we’re releasing important information regarding our regional tournaments requirements.

Registration Process

Clubs can now register for Southern or Northern Cup by emailing events@quidditchuk.org.

Clubs must provide:

Number of Teams Attending

Names of Teams Attending

Number of Players attending in each Team

Names of Players Attending in each Team

Names of Speaking Captains for each Team

Official Volunteers (Names & Positions) being contributed by each Team

Teams should submit this information in spreadsheet format if possible.

QuidditchUK will invoice clubs the full team AND player fees which must be paid prior to the tournament registration deadline.

Regional Prices are as follows:

Team Fee – £30 Per Team
Player Fee – £20 Per Player

Individuals are responsible for their own registration as a QuidditchUK member.

The registration cutoff for both Northern and Southern Cup is 11:59pm on Friday, October 26th 2018. 

Clubs, Teams, and Players must be fully registered with QuidditchUK as members AND registered as tournament participants by this date.

This date applies to all Clubs, Teams, Players and Officials.

Individuals and Clubs who are struggling to meet this deadline are required to get in touch with QuidditchUK to inform us of any delays or issues they are having with registering on time.

Clubs and Individuals that do not meet this deadline will not be eligible to compete at either Southern or Northern Cup 2018.

Tournament Committee

Tournament Committee positions are now open and can be found the Volunteers Page of the QuidditchUK website.

We need dedicated committee members to make our events a success, so please take a look at the page and see how you could contribute.

Tournament Format

With the exact number of teams at each regional still unknown, some elements of the tournament format cannot be confirmed at this stage. This includes the number and size of pools, the structure of the Consolation Bracket and the playoffs for British Quidditch Cup places. These details will be released shortly after the regionals registration deadline, along with the pool draws.

Day 1 – Pool play

Prior to the draw, teams will be divided into three pods, determined by the team’s ranking at BQC 2018 and the number of pools in the tournament. Where n is the number of pools, the top n ranked teams will be put into Pod 1, the next n ranked teams will be put into Pod 2, and the remainder of the teams will be put into Pod 3. Teams that did not compete at BQC 2018 will automatically be put into Pod 3.

For example, at a 4-pool tournament, the top 4 ranked teams would be put into Pod 1 (first seeds), teams ranked 5-8 would be put into Pod 2, and the remainder of the teams would be put into Pod 3.

Teams from Pod 1 will be drawn randomly into pools. Once all pools have a first seed, teams from Pod 2 will be drawn randomly into pools. The remaining teams in each pool will be drawn randomly from Pod 3.

At the end of pool play, teams will be ranked based on the below criteria:

  1. Select as appropriate:
    1a. For Ranking Intra-Group: Number of Wins
    1b. For Ranking Inter-Group: Group Position
    1c. For Final Rankings: Stage of Elimination
  2. Highest Quaffle Point Differential (QPD), with a maximum of 90 QPD able to be accumulated from any single game
  3. Head to Head (where applicable)
  4. Number of Winning Snitch Catches
  5. Lowest Total Regulation Time Played
  6. Fewest Red Cards
  7. Fewest Yellow Cards
  8. Fewest Blue Cards
  9. Coin toss

QuidditchUK are aware that it was previously stated Day 1 of Regionals would be operated on a Swiss Format. This was an error due to an internal communication issue. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Day 2 – Bracket play

The top 20 ranked teams will advance to the upper bracket, with a first round bye for teams ranked 1-12. The structure of a lower bracket will be determined after all teams have registered for regionals.

European Qualifier places

The top 5 Northern teams and top 7 Southern teams will earn places for the European Qualifier tournament. Playoffs will be held for these positions.

BQC qualification

The number of BQC places allocated to each region will, as in previous years, be determined by the number of teams that compete at each regional.

Playoffs will, wherever possible, be held to determine the rankings that affect BQC qualification via regionals. In the event that it is not possible to hold playoffs for these positions, the ranking criteria outlined above will be used to determine final tournament ranking (and therefore BQC qualification). Note that two of the total 32 BQC places are reserved for qualification via Development Cup.

The formula is as follows

Northern BQC Spots = 30 * (TeamsNorth ÷ (TeamsSouth+TeamsNorth))

Southern BQC Spots = 30 * (TeamsSouth ÷ (TeamsSouth+TeamsNorth))

Playoff priority

It is QuidditchUK’s aim to hold playoffs for all positions that will determine tournament medals and qualification for any future tournament. However, in the event that it is not possible to accommodate all the matches required, the following priority will be in effect:

  1. Final
  2. 3rd place playoff
  3. EQT qualification (5th/6th at Northern, 7th/8th at Southern)
  4. BQC qualification
  5. EQT seeding (5th/6th at Southern)
  6. Top 8 ranking (7th/8th at Northern)

Volunteer Requirements

QuidditchUK has set volunteer requirements for Southern and Northern Cup.

This is outlined in the QuidditchUK Event Referee Quota Policy on our website, please ensure you and your club are familiar with the volunteer requirements.

The International Quidditch Association has released their referee tests for the 2018/2020 Rulebook. You can register to take the referee tests at iqareferees.org

If you or your club are struggling to reach these quotas, please contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org

Clubs that do not make their volunteer quota will not be eligible to compete at either Northern or Southern Cup 2018.

Artificial Surfaces

Both Northern and Southern Cup will feature and utilise artificial playing surfaces throughout the weekend.

Metal Studs will not be permitted on the artificial surfaces, please ensure your players have plastic moulded studs or trainers for these tournaments.

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.