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.

 

Genevieve Tyrrell announced as new QuidditchUK Events Director

QuidditchUK are excited to announce that Genevieve Tyrrell has been appointed as Events Director on the Executive Management Team. With considerable experience in events management, including being Operations Officer at BQC 2018, Genevieve will be working closely with the Operations and Development department to successfully deliver and continue to improve QuidditchUK’s regional and national tournaments.

In addition, QuidditchUK are pleased to announce that Peggy Cook will also be joining the Events team as Assistant Director.

We look forward to seeing what they both achieve throughout their time at QuidditchUK.

If you would like to get in touch with Genevieve or the Events team make sure to drop her an email at events@quidditchuk.org

Want to get involved with QuidditchUK? Make sure to head over to www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer to see what opportunities are available!

Yani Ahmed steps down as QuidditchUK Secretary

QuidditchUK are saddened to announce that Yani Ahmed will be stepping down from the role of QuidditchUK Secretary.

Since joining the organisation in 2015, Ahmed has played a crucial role behind the scenes of QuidditchUK, supporting the work of EMT in numerous administrative duties.

We would like to thank Yani for all her work with QuidditchUK and we wish her all the best in the future. President, Mel Piper, stated “Yani has been such a key role in building QuidditchUK over the past three years. She has constantly created minutes of high quality, and also helped within Operations and beginning the QuidditchUK Census, which will be out in the coming weeks.”

The role of Secretary is now open and can be found here.

Glasgow Grim Reapers dominate second ever Development Cup

After a successful first tournament in Oxford last year, the second iteration of Development Cup took place on the 14 and 15th of April in at 22  Acres  Playing Fields, York. 13 teams from across the UK competed and honed their skills with the Glasgow Grim Reapers who came out on top after a decisive victory over Bathilisks QC in the final. Throughout the tournament Glasgow performed exceptionally well, topping their Group in Day 1 and again winning all their games on Day 2 to become the first ever Scottish team to win a QuidditchUK tournament.

Glasgow Grim Reapers’ path to the title:

Group Stage:
Glasgow Grim Reapers 110* – 40 Northern Lights
Glasgow Grim Reapers 130* – 40 Stirling Ridgebacks
Glasgow Grim Reapers 100 – 30* Sheffield Sealions
Glasgow Grim Reapers 90* – 40 Oxford Quidlings

Championship Bracket:
Glasgow Grim Reapers 100* – 30 Stirling Ridgebacks
Glasgow Grim Reapers 150* – 20 St Andrews Snidgets
Glasgow Grim Reapers 160* – 0 Bathilisks QC

In the third place playoff another Scottish team the St Andrews Snidgets defeated Oxford Quidlings to take the bronze medal with a 100* – 40 victory, whilst Northern Lights were the winners of the Consolation Bracket defeating Preston Poltergeists 110* – 20 in the final.

QuidditchUK would like to thank everyone who made the tournament happen, especially the tournament committee, the coaches, the referees and the volunteers both playing and non-playing. Without you the tournament wouldn’t have been such a huge success.

Full results from both days and final standings can be found here.

Got feedback for Development Cup 2018? Make sure to head here to let us know what you think!

Team UK’s roster unveiled ahead of World Cup 2018

Team UK are sending the nation’s top players to compete in the 2018 IQA Quidditch World Cup this June to defend the UK’s position as one of the best teams in the world. The 25-player squad will represent the UK and compete against 31 other teams in their bid for gold in Florence, Italy from 30 June – 1 July.

The 2016 Quidditch World Cup saw Team UK snatch the bronze medal from Canada with a 190* – 60 point win. With eleven players from the 2016 squad returning, Team UK aims to build on their previous success to take on the reigning champions from Australia. Having made their international debut in 2012, Team UK has made six appearances on the global stage so far. The team has consistently grown since 2012, and won gold for the first time at last Summer’s European Games in Oslo.

Team UK will be taking a full squad of 21 players plus four alternates, as allowed by the Tournament Roster Policy. The team captain for this tournament will be Seb Waters.

The 2018 Team UK roster is comprised of:

Anjit Aulakh
Kerry Aziz
Ed Brett
Alex Carpenter
Ash Cooper
Alex Greenhalgh
Andrew Hull
Franky Kempster
Bex Lowe
Ben Malpass
Jan Mikolajczak
Tom Norton
Jess O’Neill
Bill Orridge
Asia Piatek
Jonathan Purvis
Lucy Q
Jacopo Sartori
Tom Stevens
James Thanangadan
Reuben Thompson
Jemma Thripp
Luke Trevett
Seb Waters (C)
Jackie Woodburn

Photo credit: Ajantha Abey Quidditch Photography

Development Cup 2018 Tournament Format and Structure

The tournament will follow a structure of two rounds of pool play followed by bracket play for the top eight teams and consolation games for the bottom five teams. This structure allows for the maximum amount of games so that teams can develop over the weekend.

Pool Play

There will be four fixed seeds, one in each group initially. These seeds will be the top two ranked teams from Northern and Southern; St. Andrews Snidgets, Glasgow Grim Reapers, Bathilisks, and Oxford Quidlings. There will then be a first round of pool play in these groups; A, B, C and D. These groups have been drawn as follows:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Glasgow Grim Reapers St Andrews Snidgets Bathilisks Oxford Quidlings
Stirling Ridgebacks Preston Poltergeists Northern Wyverns Quidditch – Belfast Manchester Minotaurs
Northern Lights London Unbreakables Sheffield Sealions The Flying Catapults
Derby Daemons

After the first round of pool play is complete, the groups will be reshuffled into new groups; E, F, G, and H. This will be done by the top ranked team in each group moving “up” a group e.g. A into D, B into A, C into B, and D into C, and the lowest ranked team in each group moving “down” a group e.g. A into B, B into C, C into D and D into A. In the case of group D, the two bottom teams will move into pool A. This is to ensure that there is more even number of games played by the team initially in group D and that teams aren’t disadvantaged by initially being put into group D.

In order to rank the teams, the QuidditchUK ranking criteria that was used for BQC will also be used for this tournament:

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

There will then be a second round of pool play and rankings will then be determined. The rematch that would occur between the two teams that have moved into group E (D3 and D4), will not be played to again ensure that teams aren’t disadvantaged by initially being put into group D.

Group A Group B Goup C Group D > Group E Group F Group G Group H
A1 B1 C1 D1 > B1 C1 D1 A1
A2 B2 C2 D2 > A2 B2 C2 D2
A3 B3 C3 D3     > D3 A3 B3 C3
D4 > D4

Once pool play has finished, teams will be split into two groups, group X (those that played four games) and group Y (those that played five games). These groups will then be ranked according to the ranking critera specified above.

Group X (4 games) Group Y (5 games)
A1 D1
C1 D2
B2 D3
C2 D4
A3 B1
B3 A2
C3

Bracket Play

The top four teams of group X and group Y will progress into bracket play to determine their final rank. The remaining teams of group X and of group Y will play a series of consolation games.

The consolation games will consist of the following: X5 vs X6 and Y6 vs X7. This will be followed by a three way round robin between the winners of these two games and Y5.

Challinor Resigns as QuidditchUK Events Director

It is with great sadness that we announce the resignation of Tom Challinor as Events Director of QuidditchUK.

Tom has been of paramount importance to running our flagship events for the past three years, starting as Tournament Director at Northern Cup in 2015 and the British Quidditch Cup in 2016. He has been a key figure in running all tournaments since then, from being an extra committee hand to a more advisory role at our fifth BQC last month. In this time we have increased to four events a season of constantly higher quality, something that wouldn’t have been possible without his hard work.

We would like to thank Tom for all his work within QuidditchUK, and wish him well in his future endeavours. He will officially be stepping down after Development Cup leading into the handover of the position.

The position of Events Director is now open, please visit www.quidditchuk.org/volunteer for more information and details on how to apply.

Velociraptors QC Become First Team to Retain British Quidditch Cup Title

This weekend the 32 best teams from across the UK competed at Brookes Sport, Botley, Oxford for the title of national champion. After two days of incredible, competitive matches, Velociraptors QC fought their way to their second consecutive BQC title, beating out Warwick Quidditch Club in the final.

The final was a tense and close fought game with only four goals scored throughout. It was Ben Morton who secured the title for the Raptors with two excellent snitch catches first to take the game to overtime, and then again for the win.

Velociraptors QC’s path to the title:

Group Stage:
Velociraptors QC 130 – 40* Swansea Swans
Velociraptors QC 180 – 50* Sheffield Squids
Velociraptors QC 160 – 50* Portsmouth Horntail Strikers

Championship Bracket:
Velociraptors QC 180* – 20 Tornadoes Quidditch Club
Velociraptors QC 100* – 0 Bristol Bears
Velociraptors QC 70* – 50 Werewolves of London
Velociraptors QC 70** – 30°° Warwick Quidditch Club

In the third place playoff Werewolves of London defeated Southampton Quidditch Club Firsts taking the bronze medal with a 110* – 30 victory, whilst Chester Centurions were the winners of the Consolation Bracket defeating Manchester University Quidditch Club 60* – 40 in the final.

For the first time in BQC history there was also an award to recognise teams who go above and beyond to ensure the tournament runs smoothly. Liverpool Quidditch Club were presented the “Award for Most Excellent” for their outstanding willingness to volunteer and help out wherever possible.

We would like to thank everyone who made the tournament happen, especially the tournament committee, the referees and the volunteers both playing and non-playing. Without you the tournament wouldn’t have been such a huge success.

Full results from both days and final standings can be found here.

Many thanks to sportsactionphoto.co.uk for the photos.