QuidditchUK Transfer Window Opens

The QuidditchUK transfer window is now open until January 20th 2019 at 11:59pm.

Members wishing to transfer between clubs must submit their transfer requests to development@quidditchuk.org by this time. Members wishing to transfer should make themselves familiar with the following policies surrounding both European Qualifier Tournament (EQT) AND Development Cup eligibility.

QuidditchUK Club Transfer Policy

QuidditchUK Development Cup Policy

QuidditchUK EQT Eligibility Policy

Given that EQT takes place one week following the transfer window deadline, members wishing to transfer into teams competing at EQT must submit their request by 9pm January 9th 2019 so QuidditchUK can verify rosters and eligibility. Members who do not meet this transfer deadline will not be eligible to compete at the European Qualifier Tournament.

QuidditchUK will only allow extensions in significant extenuating circumstances.

Members who miss the transfer deadline must contact appeals@quidditchuk.org

For any questions, please get in touch at www.quidditchuk.org/contact

A QuidditchUK statement regarding Match Fixing at Northern Cup 2018

QuidditchUK have concluded their investigations of the match fixing allegations that arose from Northern Cup 2018.

The allegations were overseen and investigated by:

Harry Smith, Development Director
Molly Maurice-Smith, Volunteers Director

These members were chosen as they have no current or prior affiliation with the involved clubs,  nor were they involved with either incident as a player or volunteer.

Upon completion of initial investigations the final report was independently verified by Joshua Fogg (Operations Director) to ensure investigations had been completed fairly and thoroughly.

Our investigations were completed following the disciplinary process outlined in the QuidditchUK Club and Team Membership Policy

Velociraptors vs Sheffield Quidditch Club

QuidditchUK received multiple complaints regarding the quarter-final match between Sheffield and Velociraptors, these were:

  1. Sheffield Squids fixed the match to give themselves an easier run to a European Qualifier Tournament spot.
  2. Sheffield Squids were disrespectful towards their opponents.
  3. Sheffield Squids showed a lack of sportsmanship at an upper bracket quarter-final match.
  4. Velociraptor players made violent physical threats towards Sheffield Squid players.
  5. Velociraptor players were intentionally playing to harm Sheffield Squids players.
  6. Velociraptors were a dangerous and unsafe team to compete against.

After taking statements from all involved parties, QuidditchUK has determined the the following.

  1. Sheffield Squids were complicit in match fixing, through lack of any reasonable attempt to attack or defend throughout the entire game. This complaint has been upheld.
  2. Sheffield Squids’ attitude and behaviour throughout the match was disrespectful towards their opponents in their lack of willingness towards to take the game seriously. This complaint has been upheld.
  3. Sheffield Squids’ attitude towards the match was poor, and threatened to bring disrepute to QuidditchUK as an organisation  and quidditch as a sport. Given this was a local tournament for Sheffield, having Sheffield based spectators watch this faux-competition could only serve to negatively impact the perception of both quidditch and Sheffield Quidditch Club. This complaint has been upheld.
  4. After taking statements from the entire referee team, the context in which the alleged threat was made deemed it to instead be a direct warning from the player and not a violent threat. The Velociraptor player had a free run towards the Sheffield hoops, and the defending Sheffield player was directly blocking the hoops. Should the Velociraptors player have chosen to, they could have legally (under the current IQA Rulebook 2018-2020 rules) charged through the defending Sheffield player. The Velociraptor player instead told the player to get out of the way. This complaint has been cleared.
  5. Velociraptor players were not playing illegally or dangerously, and their level of physicality was consistent with how they had been competing throughout the tournament against other opponents. Furthermore their contact was inline with how other teams had been playing throughout Northern. This complaint has been cleared.
  6. Velociraptor players did not cause a higher number of injuries through regular play at Northern Cup 2018, and QuidditchUK disagrees that they are a dangerous team to play against. This complaint has been cleared.

QuidditchUK acknowledges that Sheffield Squids were conserving themselves for further fixtures, however the approach the team took showed a severe lack of sportsmanship, and called into question the validity of the sport in front of a crowd of spectators, including those from Sheffield itself, who were expecting a competitive quarterfinal.

Through our investigation, QuidditchUK has determined the following penalties be applied to Sheffield Quidditch Club, deeming their behaviour falls under the following in the Club and Team Membership Policy:

Displaying attitude or conduct on a quidditch pitch or in a quidditch environment which brings or threatens to bring QuidditchUK into disrepute by association of membership.

Sheffield Squids will be permitted to compete at the British Quidditch Cup 2019, however they will enter the competition as an unseeded team.

No further penalties shall be applied to the Sheffield Squids leadership staff.

No penalty shall be applied to the Sheffield Steelfins.

Both Velociraptors QC and Sheffield Quidditch Club were given until 4/12/18 to appeal the decisions made by QuidditchUK, no appeal was made by either club.

QuidditchUK has now released the final rankings for Northern Cup 2018As Sheffield has lost their second seed status, Leeds Griffins will enter the British Quidditch Cup as a second seed team.

As the QuidditchUK Team Match-Fixing Policy was implemented following Northern Cup 2018, we have not punished Sheffield Quidditch Club retroactively via this policy. However any further instances of Match-Fixing by any QuidditchUK club or team will be met with the policy in full. This matter is now considered resolved by QuidditchUK. For any questions or queries, please get in touch via quidditchuk.org/contact

Werewolves of London and Velociraptors QC Claim Regional Titles

Werewolves of London Firsts at Southern Cup 2018. Photo credit: Rosie Inman.

QuidditchUK would like to congratulate Velociraptors Quidditch Club and Werewolves of London Firsts for winning the 2018 Northern and Southern Cups respectively. Velociraptors QC eased to their third Northern Cup title in a row, and in the south the Werewolves of London claimed their first ever QuidditchUK tournament title after two consecutive years of silver medal finishes in the 2016 and 2017 Southern Cup.

Velociraptors QC at Northern Cup 2018. Photo credit: Howard Orridge.

Both teams will advance to the European Qualifying Tournament in January, along with the other top five finishers from the north and top seven from the south. Taking place in London, the tournament will decide who gets to represent the UK on the European stage at EQC Divisions 1 and 2 this season.

You can find the full results and rankings from Southern Cup 2018 below, including a full breakdown of scores, game times, and final results. Congratulations again to our regional champions and good luck to everyone going into the rest of the season.

Southern Final Rankings

European Qualifying Tournament Qualifying Teams
1st Werewolves of London
2nd London Quidditch Club
3rd London Unspeakables
4th Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts
5th Oxford Mammoths
6th Werewolves of London Seconds
7th Bath Quidditch Club
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British Quidditch Cup Qualifying Teams
8th Warwick Quidditch Club
9th Exeter Eagles
10th Oxford Radcliffe Chimeras
11th Portsmouth Strikers
12th Bournemouth Banshees
13th Swansea Swans
14th Bristol Bears
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Development Cup Qualifying Teams
15th Norwich Nifflers
16th Southampton Quidditch Club Seconds
17th London Unbreakables
18th Cambridge Quidditch Club
Southern Results Spreadsheet

Northern Final Rankings

European Qualifying Tournament Qualifying Teams
1st Velociraptors
2nd Megalodons
3rd Holyrood Hippogriffs Firsts
4th Glasgow Grim Reapers
5th Liverpuddly Cannons

British Quidditch Cup Qualifying Teams
6th Manchester Manticores
7th Nottingham Nightmares
8th Sheffield Squids
9th Leeds Griffins
10th St Andrews Snidgets
11th Durhamstrang
12th Tornadoes QC
13th York Horntails
14th Leicester Thestrals
15th Holyrood Hippogriffs Seconds
16th Derby Daemons

Development Cup Qualifying Teams
17th Loughborough Longshots
18th Chester Centurions
19th Manchester Minotaurs
20th Stirling Dumyat Dragons
21st Bangor Broken Broomsticks
22nd Sheffield Steelfins
Northern Results Spreadsheet

EDIT 10/12/18:
The full Northern results and rankings are now released upon completion of the investigation into the match fixing at Northern Cup 2018. Sheffield Squids will be permitted to compete at the British Quidditch Cup 2019, however they will enter the competition as an unseeded team and Leeds Griffins will enter as a second seed team.

QuidditchUK Operations Department Volunteering Opportunities

Josh at Steel City I (Claire Purslow Quidditch Photography)

We recently talked to Josh Fogg, Operations Department Director, about what inspired their passion for volunteering for QuidditchUK and their hopes for the future of the Operations Department.

Looking after QuidditchUK’s finances, purchasing equipment and merchandise, and liaising with other departments are just a few of the tasks that the Operations Department undertakes. As the department looks to the future, the team are looking for three new volunteers to help them with the varied daily running of QUK; a great chance for anyone who wants to be more involved in the quidditch family. Josh gives more information on these roles for anyone that may be interested.

What is your background as a quidditch player?

I started playing for Manchester Manticores in January 2016 and instantly fell in love with the sport. Like a lot of quidditch players it was my first real experience being involved with a team sport, but I felt at home in the inclusive environment that comes with quidditch. I knew from fairly early on that I wanted to be more involved, so I served as Games Coordinator for the club in 2016/17 and then President in 2017/18. Both were great experiences. It was a pleasure working with a lovely committee and to see the club grow so significantly both in size and in talent.

What were you motivations to become a volunteer with QUK?

I’ll be the first to acknowledge that the QUK Operations Department doesn’t have a great reputation. Holding QUK to account over financial reporting was something I cared about a great deal as MUQC President, and I know it’s something many other clubs care about too. Towards the end of my time on Manchester’s committee, I decided that it was time to be the change I wanted to see. I volunteered to work within the Operations Department on more transparent financial reporting, or at least to do the day-to-day work, so that it could be more of a focus for others. The start of this process was hopefully seen in the BQC 2018 financial report and the 2017/18 season financial report, and we aim to keep building on it into the 2018/19 season and beyond.

What are your hopes for the department?

While transparency is definitely a key goal for me, there are other things I’d like the department to help QUK achieve over the coming year. More careful financial planning will hopefully allow us to set aside money in the long term for developing the sport in parts of the country where it’s currently underrepresented, as well as fulfilling popular requests such as high quality livestreams and match recordings without it coming at an extra cost to players. We’re also actively working towards incorporating in the near future so that we have a concrete legal standing going forward.

What positions are currently open in the Operations Department?

There are currently three positions which the department is recruiting for. The first is an Assistant Operations Director, who would play a key role in liaising with the Events Department and aiding myself with the responsibilities of the Operations Department. Ideally we’re looking for someone with a background in equipment and/or merchandise; those aren’t a strength of mine and are areas where QUK needs expertise to make sure we’re doing things right.

We’re also recruiting Financial & Operations Assistants. These roles help with the day-to-day business of the department. The duties include financial reimbursements, as you might expect, but also helping to create budgets for events, writing reports and aiding in the incorporation process. Experience as a treasurer or quidditch organiser is useful, but not necessary!

Open Inbox

If Josh’s interview has inspired any thoughts, comments or suggestions, let them know! The Operations Department is always looking for ways to improve what they do. Josh is happy to take questions from club reps at General Forums or via the QUK Clubs Slack, or more generally from anyone via operations@quidditchuk.org

To find out more or to put yourself forward as a volunteer, visit https://www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer/

QuidditchUK appoints new Outreach Director

Photo Credit – Dominika Kreft

QuidditchUK are excited to announce Kevin Li will be joining the Executive Management Team as the new Outreach Director.

Kevin has been playing quidditch for just over a year, and is already a key committee member of London Unspeakables. No stranger to sporting committees, Kevin was previously the Captain for his fencing club, a role that saw huge growth and success as a result of his years there. We’ve no doubt that experience will translate directly into quidditch, and we look forward to what Kevin brings as we continue to bring our sport to the world.

Kevin will be helming the department previously held by Rix Dishington, and run by Beth Thompson as acting Outreach Director for the last few months.

As Outreach Director Kevin will be focusing on the growth of sport in communities outside of the normal quidditch ecosystem. Opportunities are already presenting themselves for growth, especially in the youth system with our partners, Enrich Education, seeing massive success with quidditch amongst school children.

A huge thanks to Kevin for taking on this role, we’re excited to see where he takes it.

A QuidditchUK statement regarding Northern Cup 2018

QuidditchUK would like to address the allegations of Match Fixing at Northern Cup 2018, held over the 10th and 11th November.

QuidditchUK are taking these allegations seriously, and will not stand for unfair manipulation of any quidditch match or tournament outcome. Any instance of match fixing is not in line with the values of QuidditchUK, and does a disservice to our sport and our athletes at all levels of the game.

All teams impacted by or allegedly involved in Match Fixing at Northern Cup 2018 will be investigated by the Executive Management Team and disciplined as necessary according to the Event Discipline and Suspensions Policy and the QuidditchUK Club and Team Membership Policy – Conflicts of Interest will be observed throughout the investigation.

Following completion of the investigation QuidditchUK will release the full results and standings from Northern Cup 2018. We apologise for this delay as a result of the investigation.

In response to these events and to ensure that similar incidents do not arise at  any further QuidditchUK tournaments or events, effective from Southern Cup 2018 QuidditchUK has created and implemented the Team Match Fixing Policy

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this issue please get in touch using our contact form here: https://www.quidditchuk.org/contact/

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