QuidditchUK 2018/2019 Season Announcement

We are happy to finally announce the new European Qualifier Tournament and wider season structure for 2018/2019.

The following will provide key dates, information, and provisional locations for all official QuidditchUK tournaments happening next season. We’re feeling very excited about this coming season, and believe the addition of a new European Qualifier tournament will create a new level of competition throughout the United Kingdom as teams fight to represent us in Europe.

QuidditchUK are currently in discussions with venues for our flagship tournaments, and these will be confirmed closer to the end of summer; we will be providing an option for clubs to submit bids for tournaments if they wish as well, so please bear in mind that venues/dates are subject to change.

For the first time QuidditchUK will be using a Swiss tournament structure at some of its events. See Swiss Tournament Format Explained to find out how it works.

We aim for final venues and dates to be confirmed by early September.

Southern Cup

Provisional Date – Late November, two weeks prior to/after Northern Cup
Open to all QUK teams based in Southern United Kingdom.
Day 1 Format – Swiss
Day 2 Format – Championship and Consolation Knockout Brackets

The top 7 teams from Southern Cup will receive an invitation to compete at the European Qualifier Tournament in January 2019. The top number of teams (number depending on team attendance at regionals) will receive a spot for the British Quidditch Cup in April 2019. Remaining teams will not be allocated a spot for either the British Quidditch Cup or the European Qualifier Tournament. They will instead be permitted to compete at Development Cup in March 2019.

Northern Cup

Provisional Date – Late November, two weeks prior to/after Southern Cup
Open to all QUK teams based in Northern United Kingdom AND Northern Ireland
Day 1 Format – Swiss
Day 2 Format – Championship and Consolation Knockout Brackets

The top 5 teams from Northern Cup will receive an invitation to compete at the European Qualifier Tournament in January 2019. The top number of teams (number depending on team attendance at regionals) will receive a spot for the British Quidditch Cup in April 2019. Remaining teams will not be allocated a spot for either the British Quidditch Cup or the European Qualifier Tournament. They will instead be permitted to compete at Development Cup in March 2019.

European Qualifier Tournament

Provisional Date – Late January
Open to the top 12 teams that qualified across Southern Cup (top 7) and Northern Cup (top 5) respectively
Day 1 Format – Swiss
Day 2 Format – Seeded Bracket with second chance playoffs for 5th and 6th place

The top 6 teams from the European Qualifier Tournament will receive an invitation to compete at the European Quidditch Cup held in May 2019. Remaining teams ranked 7 through 12 may receive spots for the European Quidditch Cup 2nd Division, however UK spots for this tournament are yet to be allocated and/or confirmed.

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

Development Cup

Provisional Date – Early March
Open to all QUK teams who did not qualify for the European Qualifier Tournament or British Quidditch Cup at either Southern/Northern OR any QUK teams who did not compete at Regionals.
Format – TBC

The top 2 teams from Development Cup will receive an invitation to compete at the British Quidditch Cup in April 2019. Given the proximity between Development Cup and British Quidditch Cup; subsidies may be provided to qualifying teams for British Quidditch Cup to cope with travel and accommodation costs.

Development Cup teams will be subject to the Development Cup Team Policy

British Quidditch Cup

Provisional Date – Early April
Open to the top 32 teams that qualified across Southern Cup and Northern Cup
Day 1 Format – Two-Stream Swiss
Day 2 Format – Championship and Consolation Knockout Brackets

30 BQC spots will be allocated between Southern Cup and Northern Cup. Spots are yet to be determined and will be based proportionately on the amount of teams at Northern and Southern Cup for 2018/2019. Results will determine the European Qualifier Tournament spot allocation for the following year, as well as seeding for the following season’s regional tournaments.

Contact Us
Please direct any questions to
www.quidditchuk.org/contact

 

Team UK- wins, losses, and the future

Photography Credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

After two years of preparation since their third place finish at the World Cup in 2016 and a European Games trophy in 2017, Team UK headed to Florence, Italy at the end of June to compete at the 2018 IQA Quidditch World Cup. Captained by Seb Waters and coached by Emily Oughtibridge, the team was comprised of many longstanding team members, alongside the six new players who made their debuts for Team UK. 

An easy day one group draw meant Team UK went relatively unchallenged, comfortably winning all their games out of range. Unfortunately it was a different story with day two, as Team UK entered the championship bracket on the same side as the two other medalists from the previous World Cup, Australia and the USA. The UK cruised past Vietnam to reach the quarterfinals, where they faced a strong Italy team with a huge home crowd advantage that even the mass of Team UK supporters struggled to drown out. The game was in SWIM but that didn’t seem to matter for Team UK, as a speedy snitch catch by Johnathan Purvis guaranteed the UK a place in the semi-finals against the USA.

   

Photography Credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

Team UK opened the scoring against the USA in the semi-final with a beautiful finish from Jemma Thripp, however they struggled to keep their momentum against the eventual champions and the game slipped out of snitch range. Some excellent plays by Andrew Hull kept them in the game, but eventually it was the USA who would deal the UK their first loss since losing 70-80* to Belgium in pool play last year.

 

Photography Credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

The UK then went on to play the bronze medal match against Turkey, which was a close game with some brilliant performances from both sides. Team UK kept the game in range but struggled to get much time with the snitch, and a catch for Turkey secured them their first ever international medal. The UK leave the tournament ranked 4th best team in the world. 

Results from all of Team UK’s games in Florence:

Day One:
Team UK 160-50* Slovakia
Team UK 200-30* Catalonia
Team UK 160*-20 Mexico
Team UK 180-30* Czech Republic

Day Two:
Team UK 130*-0 Vietnam
Team UK 80*-60 Italy
Team UK 40-160* USA
Team UK 60-110* Turkey

Update of Training and Expansion Squads

We’re pleased to announce the latest editions of the Team UK Training and Expansion Squads. Congratulations to everyone who has been selected/moved up, and we can’t wait to see the outcome of all the training and hard work at European Games 2019 and beyond. 

See the full squad lists on the Team UK page.

Head Coach of Team UK Emily Oughtibridge Steps Down

QuidditchUK are saddened to announce the departure of Emily Oughtibridge as Team UK head coach effective immediately. After working closely with Team UK over the last four years and being crucial in their successes during this time, Oughtibridge decided earlier this year that the World Cup 2018 would be her last time working with the team.

With regards to her tenure with Team UK, Oughtibridge had this to say:

“My time with Team UK has lead to some of my greatest achievements and many brilliant memories. I am incredibly proud of all our achievements since I joined the coaching team in Sarteano and I am privileged to have been involved. I have seen this sport go from bamboo brooms and hosepipe hoops on a hillside in Bangor, to the fierce international competition in a stadium in Florence. I am so grateful to have been a part of the Team UK journey.

Four years of being in and around the national team requires some expression of gratitude. The list is a long one and I have inherited a certain ability to keep talking when given an opportunity. I won’t begrudge you for skimming over this bit. I would like to thank every one of my players that have ever trained for my team, and those who will earn the shirt in future for believing that this sport of ours is worth your time and effort. I cannot thank every fan, both pitch-side and following over whichever social media platform was working at the time, enough for your support. You make the blood, sweat and tears easier to bear.

I would like to publicly thank those who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make Team UK training possible. Tom Heynes, Jemma Thripp and Bex Lowe have organised training squad sessions and the logistics of our tournaments whilst playing at the highest level and they deserve all of our appreciation.

The assistant coaches I have worked with deserve more than just a mention. Robbie Dugald Young and Ben Morton- you have moulded seeking into an art form. James Thanangadan and Lucy Q, your understanding of the game and pursuit of excellence makes this game better every time you play. Jay Holmes, for your commitment to the process, wearing as many hats as possible for the UK, and stepping up brilliantly when I needed you. Thank you.

Ashley Cooper, we had a chat on the side of a pitch in Sarteano way back in 2015. We agreed that what the national team needed was multiple coaches and training sessions all year round. Thank you for trusting me to take your team on, thank you for your vision. The All Blacks rugby team believe that players do not own the shirt, they are merely looking after it for the next player. Stepping into the shoes of the Team World coach was an honour and a privilege. I hope that I have looked after this team in a way that the community can be proud of, and I look forward to seeing what new heights the next lucky person can achieve.”

QuidditchUK would like to once again thank Emily for her dedication to Team UK and wish her all the best in the future.

Applications will be open for the position of Team UK coach from next week.

Photography credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

Rix Dishington to step down as Outreach and Development Director

QuidditchUK are saddened to announce that Rix Dishington will be stepping down from the role of Outreach and Development Director. Dishington joined QuidditchUK in 2015 as Assistant Volunteers Director before joining the Executive Management Team and has played a crucial role in helping new teams achieve their potential across the country.

President Mel Piper had this to say: “Rix has been an incredible volunteer throughout her time at QUK. Always willing to get involved, she has worked on everything from Team UK stats collection to reaching out to new teams, she will be sorely missed. I’m sure she will continue to go above and beyond for this community.”

QuidditchUK would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Rix for the time she has dedicated to the Executive Management Team and cannot wait to see what she does next.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for QuidditchUK head over to www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer to find out more about our opportunities.

Photography credit: Mark Hill Photography & Media

Francesca Vigilante joins Executive Management Team as Secretary

QuidditchUK are excited to announce that Francesca Vigilante has joined the organisation as Secretary. In this role Vigilante will be working closely with the Executive Management Team to support them in numerous administrative duties and answer incoming queries from the community. QuidditchUK also looks forward to seeing what else Vigilante will bring to the role.

If you would like to learn more about volunteering for QuidditchUK head over to www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer to find out more about our opportunities.

Photography Credit: Hannah Dignum

Feedback for the British Quidditch Cup 2018 Released

The 2018 British Quidditch Cup (BQC 2018) was held at Brookes Sports Botley, Oxford, across the weekend of the 24th and 25th March 2018. The feedback in the document linked below was generated from a Google form distributed to the quidditch community post-tournament and reflected largely positive comments with constructive notes for improvement in the following years. For the first time the tournament committee have also provided feedback on their experience running the British Quidditch Cup, in the hopes it will be beneficial to both QuidditchUK and future tournament committees.

The feedback can be found here.

QuidditchUK would like to thank everyone that contributed and gave their thoughts on the event both positive and negative;  the feedback will be kept in mind and used to help plan future tournaments of an even higher standard.

QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League Partner With Enrich Education

 

QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League are delighted to announce that we have partnered with Enrich Education to provide school youth quidditch sessions, workshops, and deliver a youth coaching curriculum.

The partnership will see Enrich Education continue their acclaimed and highly popular youth quidditch sessions in schools, now with both QuidditchUK and Quidditch Premier League backing. It will also see youth workshops at individual QuidditchUK and Quidditch Premier League events.

“This new partnership with Enrich Education and Quidditch Premier League is an amazing step in the growth of quidditch across the UK” said QuidditchUK President Mel Piper. “It is vital that for the future of the sport we now not only look at the adult game, but the youth side too. Quidditch we know helps bring and keep people from all backgrounds into sport, and early findings with Enrich show this will also be reflected in the youth game. I can’t wait to see this develop, and a big thanks to Enrich for all their support and work already.”

The agreement will also see a portion of the revenue from Enrich Education’s in-school youth quidditch sessions go directly towards the Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK, to further develop the grassroots of quidditch nationwide.

“This is an incredibly exciting partnership,’ said Quidditch Premier League Director Jack Lennard. ‘To help nurture young talent, we need to build pipelines that allow potential players to find their feet in the sport as they grow. Working alongside Enrich Education and QuidditchUK will help us lay those foundations as we all develop. The partnership also means we no longer have to turn away eager potential athletes at schools around the country, simply because we lack those pathways into quidditch; all are welcome, all are free to participate.”

To date, Enrich Education have delivered over 30 youth quidditch sessions in schools, and they have found a huge appetite for the sport in children, teachers, and parents alike.

“Enrich Education is delighted to be teaming up with QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League, as the official education partner for youth quidditch” said Enrich Education Director Matthew Vaudrey. “Quidditch is proving extremely popular with schools. It is a new, fast, physical, fun sport, that engages all pupils. The potential for the growth of youth quidditch across the UK is huge, as there is a clear appetite from young people to access more opportunities to play quidditch. This exciting partnership will provide those opportunities and introduce more children to this amazing game.”

For information on how to bring quidditch to your school, please contact Mel Piper at president@quidditchuk.org.

TeamUK Supporters Kit

QuidditchUK are excited to announce the official TeamUK Supporter Merchandise for World Cup 2018.

We have designed two supporter t-shirts and an official TeamUK snapback for the weekend, all designed by Emma Piper with a brand new TeamUK logo.

Orders are open until Saturday June 10th 2018 at 23:59 – The Snapbacks are on a limited run of 80 hats so get in quickly.

Pre-Orders are now open in the QuidditchUK shop, and will be available for collection in Florence at World Cup 2018.

www.quidditchuk.org/shop

Photo Credit – Sam Senior

 

QuidditchUK announces Event Minimum Roster Policy

From the 2018/2019 season onwards, QuidditchUK will require mandatory minimums to submit a legal roster for a QuidditchUK tournament. Teams must still make this roster requirement when registering at the actual tournament.

This policy has been introduced to avoid forfeiture due to injuries or unforseen absences ruling out smaller teams – we no longer believe 7 player rosters are feasible for tournaments that span an entire weekend where teams are expected to play in excess of 6 games.

The policy only includes official QuidditchUK tournaments, and does not include tournaments or fixtures run by quidditch clubs or other organisations.

Read the policy below:

QUIDDITCHUK EVENT MINIMUM ROSTER POLICY

If you have any questions on this policy or the minority gender requirements, please contact us here – www.quidditchuk.org/contact

 

QuidditchUK Financial Surplus Report – 2016/2017

QuidditchUK are today releasing the revised financial statement for the 2016/2017 season.  The report (linked below) provides information regarding QuidditchUK’s income and expenditure across all of our tournaments and other activities for the 2016/17 season.

QuidditchUK Financial Surplus Report – 2016/2017

QuidditchUK would like to apologise for the delay in publishing this revised report following the retraction of the earlier version in January 2018. This retraction follows inconsistencies in the referee payments reported throughout the season, which are currently being reconciled by an accountant.  QuidditchUK acknowledge that delays like this are frustrating and as a result of the issues in publishing this report, the improvement of transparency throughout our organisation is of critical importance and is something we are prioritising before the beginning of the 2018/2019 season.  Our aims include facilitating better communication between clubs, players and volunteers; and a single streamlined system for managing expenses and officials payments/reimbursements alike.

If you would like to get in contact with QuidditchUK with questions about the Financial Surplus Report or otherwise, please do not hesitate to drop us a message using the contact page.