After twenty months of high energy volunteering for QuidditchUK, Teams Director Harry Smith has decided to step down from his position.
During his time in the role Harry has made significant steps in furthering the professionalism of quidditch as a sport. In particular, his work with Student Unions has helped universities understand how to support a quidditch team, thus enabling the growth of more university teams. Additionally, Harry has chaired numerous General Forums which have furthered community outreach and collaboration for QuidditchUK decision making, and his decision to split the forums into North and South has streamlined the discussion. All this whilst managing (until mid-2019) and playing for the highly successful London Quidditch Club for the past two seasons, with taking up arms as captaining their second team more recently.
In regards to his decision to step down, Harry has made the following statement:
“Firstly I’d like to say that the decision to step down has not been easy, however I’m very thankful to everyone at QuidditchUK for your fantastic work over the time I’ve been on the Executive Management Team. It’s been a truly wonderful experience working with such a brilliant bunch of people. Further I’d like to say thank you to the UK quidditch community as there are some really positive people out there helping to grow and develop the sport, and work with us to help facilitate that.
I wholeheartedly recommend volunteering for QuidditchUK if you have any interest at all, it’s not as daunting as it may initially seem and your decisions genuinely affect the way we experience this sport. Please don’t feel like you can’t help or that you don’t have enough experience as the team you work with is really supportive.”
We are so thankful, Harry, for all of your hardwork and dedicated contribution to the QuidditchUK family over the years, and wish you the best of luck with all future endeavors. Harry intends to step down only once a successor has been found in order to ease the transition process – if you would be interested in taking on this role, or volunteer elsewhere in QuidditchUK, do check out our Volunteers page!