Introducing the Media Department

A new season means some new changes coming to QuidditchUK!

Over the last couple of seasons, we’ve been taking steps to increase both the quantity and quality of media coverage in and around our tournaments and events; professional photographers, filmmakers, social media, and live streaming official events.

From this, we want to take our existing Communications Department and refocus it towards championing the media elements that our sport demands.

As a result of this new approach, we are switching the name from Communications to Media Department, and opening up a range of new volunteer roles we want to bring in to revitalise and reinvent the media aspects of our sport.

Alongside the new volunteer roles, we are also now seeking a new director for the now renamed Media Department. Emma Bramwell, after volunteering as both the Assistant Communications Director and then serving as the Communications Director, has stepped back into a general volunteering role.

Media Director
Assistant Media Director
Social Media Coordinators (Facebook/Twitter/Instagram)
Photo/Video/Graphic Content Creators
Tournament Media Coordinator

We’re looking for people who are hungry, and can see the potential in recreating QuidditchUK’s image as our sport constantly evolves, grows, and improves in different ways.

If you’re interested in any of the above, or even something we haven’t thought of, you can find job descriptions on the Volunteers Page. Or alternatively feel free to get in touch via www.quidditchuk.org/contact

European Games Team UK Squad Announcement

After a period of growth and change within the national squad since Florence, Italy last summer, The Team UK coaching team has selected the 25 athletes that will represent the United Kingdom and compete for a repeat gold medal performance in the 2019 IQA European Games being held in Germany, June 29th and 30th.

Keepers

Alex Macartney
Mat Croft
Seb Waters, Chaser Coach

Chasers

Edward Brett, Captain
Abbi Harris
Asia Piatek
Ben Malpass
Bex Lowe
Jeniva Chambers
Reuben Thompson
Sarah Ridley
Tom Norton
Tom Stevens
Tommy Ruler

Beaters

Alex Carpenter
Alice Walker
Bill Orridge, Beater Coach
Carina Werner

Daniel Trick
Jacopo Sartori
Jan Mikolajczak

Kerry Aziz
Mikey Orridge

Seekers

Callum Lake
Jordan Aymer-Jeffrey

Staff

Jemma Thripp, Team UK Manager
James Thanangadan, Head Coach
Jay Holmes, Assistant Coach

Ben Morton, Seeker Coach

Head Coach, James ‘JT’ Thanangadan, has this to say about the squad and his expectations:

After a successful season of training and competition, we are pleased to present the 25 players who will be representing the UK at this year’s European Games.

This has been one of the most competitive seasons for selection as everyone has stepped up their game. The coaches and I feel that those selected have shown the required skill and commitment to the training squad over the season as well as striking a balance of new blood and experience as we look towards World Cup 2020.

The players will fly to Bamberg to attend the 2019 IQA European Games, where 20 national teams from across the continent will compete for the title of international champions. This has been one of the most competitive seasons for selection as everyone has stepped up their game for the privilege of representing the UK. The coaches feel that the squad selected have shown the required skill and commitment to the training squad over the season, as well as striking a balance of new blood and experience as they look towards World Cup 2020.

Assistant Coach, Jay Holmes, is excited about the tournament:

I’m really excited to see the direction we can take the team in this year, we’ve got a new culture in the team since losing out on a medal last World Cup and I think people are going to notice a serious shift in team attitude.

What helps us to excel is just how close we are as a unit, from the top to the bottom everyone has their fair say and puts in the effort you’d expect from a national team in any other sport.

What helps us to excel is just how close we are as a unit, from the top to the bottom everyone has their fair say and puts in the effort you’d expect from a national team in any other sport.

Obviously we’re coming into this having won the previous EG and really have the point to prove that we’re still the best team in Europe. The whole team really have the need to prove themselves not just to Europe but the World as this is our warm-up for the World Cup.

Inspired by the Harry Potter books, quidditch has evolved into a serious and competitive sport around the world. The sport has taken elements from the book – brooms as a handicap, bludgers to knock teams off gameplay as examples – and applied it to real life. The sport is played by thousands of players in Europe and beyond, and is making strides for legitimacy. During the last IQA World Cup in 2018, the United States took the Gold in a close game against Belgium, with Turkey taking Bronze against the United Kingdom.

Matt Bateman, President of QuidditchUK:

We’re excited to see Team UK compete again on the international stage in Germany this summer, going against the best of what Europe has to offer.

After a tight loss against Turkey in the bronze medal playoff at World Cup, the coaches and athletes have been training hard to reclaim their title as the best team in Europe, while building a strong squad to take the world title in 2020. We wish our players all the best and know they will do us proud.

To the players chosen; you represent the absolute best of attitude, ability, and athleticism in our sport. QuidditchUK want to congratulate you on your selection and we wish Team UK the very best of luck as they take on the rest of Europe to bring home the gold. You’ll do all of us proud.

Further information about European Games can be found here.

For any questions or comments about European Games or Team UK, please get in touch via www.quidditchuk.org/contact

Matt Bateman Appointed as President

QuidditchUK is excited to announce that taking over the Presidency will be our own Matt Bateman. After two years as Vice President, Matt aims to grow and build on the work that he has done before and take the sport to even greater places both here and abroad.

Matt hopes to develop on the foundations of sustainable organisational growth and infrastructure that has been the focus of many of our volunteers. He wants to see the sport grow in the UK, through seeking new partnerships and building a body of dedicated people to take our “weird not-so-small sport” to the mainstream.

Matt’s love for the community is clear from the many different volunteering roles he has done for the sport. When asked about why he plays he responded: “As difficult and as heart-breaking as this sport can be sometimes, there just isn’t anything like it, we’ve got something special here.”

With Matt stepping into the Presidential role, this means that his previous role of Vice President is now open and available on the QuidditchUK Volunteers Page, and we are actively looking for a new Vice President to join our Executive Team and work with Matt to bring a new direction to the sport we all love.

If you’re interested in coming on board, please get in touch with Matt or Molly via the contact form.

www.quidditchuk.org/contact

Eamonn Harrison Appointed as New Gameplay Director

We are pleased to announce that Eamonn Harrison has been appointed as the new Gameplay Director for QuidditchUK.

One of the most decorated and experienced referees in the international community, and a key member of the Gameplay Department already – Eamonn will be taking over from Dave Goddin full-time.

With the promotion, Eamonn will introduce newer and faster feedback systems for referees. He will be developing new systems for training referees and snitches and growing the department beyond referee development to build out the actual gameplay aspects of the sport.

We’re excited to have him on the Executive Management Team, and look forward to the ideas and changes he will being to his department.

If you have any questions or comments on this announcement, please get in touch via quidditchuk.com/contact

Photo Credit – Claire Purslow Photography

London Quidditch Club win the 2019 British Quidditch Cup

This weekend saw the sixth iteration of the British Quidditch Cup, hosted in Newcastle at the Northumbria Sport University.

Almost 600 athletes across 31 teams from all over the United Kingdom came together, to crown a new national champion.

London Quidditch Club, in their inaugural season, took home the British Quidditch Cup after defeating two-time national champions, Velociraptors Quidditch Club, in a tight semi-final – before defeating the Werewolves of London in a grand finale that had both sides throwing everything they had at each other.

Velociraptors Quidditch Club went on to take the bronze medal against Southampton Quidditch Club, who have continued to prove they are still one of the best teams in the country; university or otherwise.

Warwick Quidditch Club defeated the Leicester Thestrals in a tight Lower-Bracket final, while Winchester Quidditch Club made a surprise run into the Top-16 after winning Development Cup and a spot at the British Quidditch Cup.

We’d like to thank the many volunteers we’ve had who made this season possible. 2018/2019 was easily the largest undertaking QuidditchUK have faced, and none of it would have been possible without the selfless help of our volunteers and officials who gave their time, talent, and resources towards making this year what it was.

A huge congratulations to London Quidditch Club on winning the national championship, and a further congratulations to all of our teams and athletes that competed this year. As the sport continues to grow and evolve, we’re growing increasingly excited as to what the competition will look like next year across both the university and community landscapes.

You can find the full final rankings for the weekend here.

Please leave feedback on the British Quidditch Cup here.

Photo Credit – Mark Hill Photography

Gameplay Director, Dave Goddin, Stepping Down

QuidditchUK are sad to announce that Dave Goddin has decided to retire as Gameplay Director at the end of the 2018/2019 season.

As one of the most widely respected referees throughout the international community, Dave has been paramount in his role as Gameplay Director since joining the Executive Team midway through the 2017/2018 season.

His knowledge and attitude towards the sport have amounted to countless contributions to the sport. Dave’s leadership has directly shaped the rules and policies that govern how our game is played. Being part of the gameplay committee that wrote and advised on the current IQA 2018/2020 rulebook now widely used by the international community, and being a key contributor to the many QuidditchUK tournaments, gameplay, and player policies that have been introduced over the last two seasons.

We thank him for his tireless effort, his immense contribution, his patience, and his wisdom.

The gameplay director role is open and can be found on the Volunteers Page.

If you’re interested in the role please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.

British Quidditch Cup 2019 Structure Announcement

The following information covers the competitive structure of the British Quidditch Cup, and breaks down the tournament format which will be used throughout the weekend.

Group Draw

The qualifying teams will be ranked 1-32, based on the following criteria:

  1. Most recently attended QuidditchUK tournament
    1. EQT
    2. Regionals
    3. Development Cup
  2. Ranking at their most recently attended QuidditchUK tournament
    1. Where two teams have the same ranking from their most recently attended tournament, the tiebreakers will be:
      1. Highest average QPD/match
      2. Lowest average match duration
      3. Fewest red cards
      4. Fewest yellow cards
      5. Fewest blue cards

The teams will then be split into 4 pods (1-4) of 8 teams by descending overall ranking. Teams from each pod will be allocated randomly to one of 8 groups (A-H). Once all teams from Pod 1 have been allocated to a group, teams from Pod 2 will be allocated, and so on until all teams have been allocated and all groups have 4 teams.

Where the draw of a pod would place a team into the same group as a team in the same club, the group allocation for that pod will be re-randomised to ensure that no intra-club games take place on Day One of the tournament.

Notes on seeding:

  • As Portsmouth have declined their BQC place, the Southern teams ranked 12-14 are re-ranked to 11-13 within their region.
  • Due to disciplinary action, Sheffield Squids are re-ranked as 16th at Northern, with Northern teams 9-16 re-ranked to 8-15 within their region.
  • There is no separate regional “balancing” process in the seeding for BQC. Regional variation has already been accounted for in the season structure:
    • The allocation of BQC spots from regionals was weighted based on region size
    • The allocation of EQT spots was based on regional performance, and the results of EQT have been used to seed the top 12 teams
    • The Dev Cup qualification route was not region-specific

The Group Draw for BQC 2019 is:

Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8
Liverpuddly CannonsSouthampton Quidditch ClubOxford MammothsGlasgow Grim ReapersWerewolves of London FirstsLondon UnspeakablesVelociraptorsLondon Quidditch Club
MegalodonsLeeds GriffinsBath QCManchester ManticoresWarwick Quiddich ClubNottingham NightmaresWerewolves of London SecondsHolyrood Hippogriffs Firsts
Bournemouth BansheesDurhamstrangOxford Radcliffe ChimerasSwansea SwansExeter EaglesYork HorntailsTornadoes QCSt Andrews Snidgets
Bristol BearsWinchester Quidditch ClubHolyrood Hippogriffs SecondsLeicester ThestralsLondon UnstoppablesDerby DaemonsSheffield SquidsChester Centurions

Day One

Day One will consist of 8 round robins, in which each team will play every other team in its group. After Day One, teams will be ranked based on the standard QuidditchUK Ranking Criteria.

Day Two

The top 16 teams will compete in a seeded single-elimination upper bracket, the winner of which will be crowned BQC champion. The bottom 16 teams will also compete in a single-elimination lower bracket.

First UK Youth Quidditch Group established

The Quidditch Premier League, QuidditchUK, and Enrich Education are pleased to announce the creation of the Youth Quidditch Group, a formalised partnership that will see the three organisations further commit to developing youth quidditch in the UK and beyond.

The three organisations extended their agreement by a further five years after a successful one-year contract. The first year focused on naming Enrich Education as the exclusive Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK partner for youth quidditch services, and this is continued under the new contract.

Key areas of focus for the newly formed Youth Quidditch Group will be the scaling of youth quidditch sessions across the country through an affiliate membership and coaching qualification programme, providing access to quality standardised equipment for schools and youth clubs, establishing a standardised youth quidditch rulebook accessible for players of all ages, and the introduction of a youth league and a school membership programme from the Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK respectively.

“This is a massive step towards our ultimate goal – getting quidditch into every school across the UK, getting young people more active, and expanding the talent pathways in the sport to the adult game,” said Jack Lennard, Director of the Quidditch Premier League. “Enrich Education have done an incredible amount of work since we signed the initial contract with them last year, so it’s an absolute pleasure to be increasing the level of commitment to our partnership alongside our national governing body.”

“Suffice to say, our work with Enrich and QPL focussing on the youth side of the game is one of our biggest achievements to date,” said Mel Piper, President of QuidditchUK. “The creation of the Youth Quidditch Group is what will take our sport to the next level, and create a sustainable future and constant talent stream. Quidditch has already made such a positive difference to many children, providing an active outlet for those not interested in mainstream sports, and a way into reading for those already engaged in sport.”

“The last twelve months have clearly shown a huge appetite for quidditch, from schools and young people across the country. Quidditch is perfect for enhancing a school’s sports premium offer and engaging all pupils in physical activity,” said Matt Vaudrey, Director of Enrich Education. “We are delighted to have entered into a new, long-term agreement with QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League. Some of the plans we have for the growth of the sport at a youth level are really exciting and will ensure that quidditch continues to contribute to sustainable improvements to the physical education, physical activity and sport on offer in schools.”

In the 2018 calendar year, a total of 58 schools and over 8400 young people participated in introductory quidditch events, in the North West of England. This number is set to double in 2019 and events will be taking place all over the country. The first ever regional school tournaments took place towards the end of 2018, and a national school competition is planned for the new academic year.

Development Cup Structure

The following information covers the competitive structure of Development Cup, and breaks down the tournament format which will be used throughout the weekend.

British Quidditch Cup Qualification

At the start of the season, QuidditchUK stated that the top two teams from Development Cup would receive unseeded spots at the 2019 British Quidditch Cup (BQC).

Due to Portsmouth Strikers withdrawing their intention to compete at BQC 2019 we have now added a third BQC spot at Development Cup, that will go to the winner of the 3rd-4th playoff on Day 2.

Due to the proximity of BQC to Development Cup, QuidditchUK will waive the BQC 2019 Team Fees for those three teams who qualify via Development Cup. Members will still be expected to pay the BQC player fee.

Teams that combine squads, or utilise auxiliary players according to the Development Cup Team Eligibility Policy are ineligible to receive BQC spots regardless of their final ranking of the tournament.

In the event that a team cannot, or does not wish to attend BQC, their spot will be awarded to the next ranked team from Development Cup.

Gameplay Structure

Day 1 – Pool Play

Teams will be drawn into groups of 3-5, with the final number and size of the groups dependent on the number of teams in attendance. These groups will each have a first seed, with the remaining teams randomly drawn into the group.

In order to determine seeding, the ranks of teams that competed at regionals will first be re-numbered to include only the Dev Cup teams. For example, Loughborough (17th at Northern) and Norwich (15th at Southern) will both be ranked 1 within their region, and so on. After this re-numbering the tiebreakers will be:

  • Regionals Rank
  • Average QPD/Match
  • Average Game Time/Match

Each first seed will be randomly drawn into a group. The remaining teams will then be drawn into groups from a single pot. Where a team would be placed in the same group as another team from the same club, that team will be re-drawn.

After pool play has completed on Day 1, teams will be ranked according to the standard QuidditchUK ranking procedures.

Day 2 – Competitive and Development Bracket Play

The exact structure of Day 2 will be released once a final number of teams for the tournament has been confirmed.

Based on Day 1 performances the tournament will split into a competitive bracket of 8 teams competing for BQC 2019 qualification, with the remaining teams playing development matches. The format will be designed in order to provide a minimum of two games on Day 2 for every team.

For any questions or queries, please get in touch here. www.quidditchuk.org/contact

President Melanie Piper Stepping Down

We’re sad to announce that Mel Piper has decided to step down at the end of the 2018/2019 season, after serving QuidditchUK as President for the last four years.

A respected and positive figure in the global quidditch community, Mel’s contributions to the sport have been felt both nationally and throughout the world. She is a constant champion of growth and development in the sport, and she helped it reach as many people as possible.

In her goal for quidditch’s growth, Mel implemented and supported the Development Cup 3 years ago, which has lead to large successes as many Development Cup teams have forged ahead to gain entry to European Qualification level tournaments this season. This is one of countless activities she had done during her time, both publicly and behind the scenes.

Her love and drive for young quidditch lead to a successful partnership with Enrich Education alongside the Quidditch Premier League; who have since introduced our sport to thousands of children throughout the United Kingdom with no signs of slowing down.

Patient, passionate, and always pouring herself into the community, Mel has been a consistent shining example of everything that embodies a quidditch player and volunteer. From first joining QuidditchUK as Teams Director in January 2014, then stepping into the President role in May 2015, her impact is nothing short of revolutionary.

Mel, for your many years of selfless volunteering, relentlessly positive attitude, and the hundreds of players you’ve impacted through your work, we thank you.

Mel will continue to serve as President until May 2019, however QuidditchUK has now opened applications for the President position on the Volunteers Page.

For those interested in applying, we strongly encourage to you to reach out to Mel Piper or Matt Bateman, to discuss the role and where you would like both the future of the President and the sport to go.

Applications will remain open until April 2019, to allow handover before the summer planning begins for the 2019/2020 season.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us –

www.quidditchuk.org/contact