Launching the 2020 Vision

QuidditchUK are pleased to announce a brand new way of marketing our beloved sport to the volunteers of future events. Introducing the 2020 Vision, a system which gives our volunteers the spotlight to show how much amazing work that they do for us, giving us an opportunity to thank them and giving you the opportunity to become one of them!

2020 Vision logo used for all future media related to the project. Created by Samuel Instone

Abby Whiteley, the 2020 Vision’s curator, wanted to make her intentions crystal clear with this project:

“2020 Vision is about raising the profile of volunteering, getting positive information out there about what is happening behind the scenes, and engaging more with the community so we know how we can work together to make quidditch fantastic for everyone.”

Some of our aims that WE hope to achieve with 2020 Vision are listed here:

● To fill all tournament committee positions in 2019/20;
● To have at least 70% of clubs represented in QuidditchUK volunteering;
● To improve what we can offer to QuidditchUK volunteers.

What QuidditchUK will deliver:

● FREE travel and accommodation for non-playing volunteers at events;
● FREE food at tournaments for all volunteers;

● Continuous professional development for all volunteers and references for future employers as an incorporated company;
● Retrospective Volunteer Awards for the 2018-19 season (to be released shortly!);
● A comprehensive report on volunteering in QuidditchUK (November 2019);
● Chances to participate in QuidditchUK round tables about how we can improve volunteering (spring 2020);
● Volunteer Awards to celebrate publicly the people and teams which contribute the most (May 2020).


What YOU can offer:
Volunteer!

Over the next couple of months, QuidditchUK will run a series of volunteer posts, highlighting specific individuals’ occupations within QuidditchUK and a few Q&A’s with their opinions and passions for various topics.

If you would like to be featured within this project to expose how much of a great job QuidditchUK can do with a strong set of volunteers, then simply, apply to volunteer!

QuidditchUK 2019/2020 Memberships Now Available

Club, Team, and Individual Memberships are now available for purchase on the QuidditchUK Shop

A full breakdown of the fee prices and tiers of membership was announced earlier this month.

Given the proximity of regionals it’s important that clubs and members purchase their membership as soon as possible. All clubs, teams, and individuals who wish to compete at Southern Cup must be registered by Monday 28th October at 9:00pm.

All clubs, teams, and individuals who wish to compete at Northern Cup must be registered by Monday 11th November at 9:00pm.

Clubs, Teams, and Individuals who are not registered by this deadline will not be eligible to compete at either Northern or Southern Cup this season.

Referee Quotas for the 2019/2020 Season

The minimum match official quotas for the 2019/20 season have been greatly simplified and slightly increased from the previous season as we will require more officials to match our plans for increased numbers of games at tournaments.

As QuidditchUK will be be utilising the same rulebook and amendments, those who qualified as a referee last season under the IQA Online Tests will retain their qualification for this season.

Those wishing to get qualified can do so here.

The following applies for each team attending Southern Cup, Northern Cup, and British Quidditch Cup:

If your team attended BQC 2019 AND made the Upper Bracket

  • 1 Head Referee
  • 1 Assistant Referee
  • 1 Snitch Runner
  • 2 First Aider or Assistant Referee or Snitch Referee

If your team attended BQC 2019 AND made the Lower Bracket or attended Development Cup 2019

  • 1 Assistant Referee
  • 1 Snitch Referee
  • 1 Snitch or First Aider

Supplementary Match Officials

At the end of a game, each team must provide 2 players to act as Supplementary Match Officials (Goal Referee, Timekeeper, Scorekeeper) in the following game on the same pitch. For the first game of each day, the teams who will play in the second slot on the same pitch must provide these players instead. A failure to do so (without clearing it with the Tournament Director beforehand) will result in a yellow card being given to that team’s Speaking Captain at the start of their next game.

Players wishing to volunteer as a SMO should read through the following form to ensure they know the responsibilities of these roles:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoKWttd8INGS09ug6l5lkWUmPTpoF0UjEEU1axN3RPt7Fvkw/viewform 

For illustration, old upper bracket quota:

New upper bracket quota:

Teams and clubs who will have issue making this quota MUST get in touch with us via appeals@quidditchuk.org as soon as possible.

Tournament Volunteers Needed

QuidditchUK are in need of Tournament Volunteers to ensure our events and season continue to grow in quality and standard.

You can find opportunities for Tournament Directors, and Assistant Tournament Directors. As well as roles for Media/Operations/Gameplay Officers. Travel and Accommodation costs are reimbursed in full for Committee Volunteers within the United Kingdom. If you want to get involved, please apply or get in touch with events@quidditchuk.org

With that being said, QuidditchUK has come to the decision that IF insufficient volunteer numbers are reached, then we will be forced to cancel tournaments. Much of last season was held up on the shoulders of a small collection of people throughout the year, many of those from EMT. Which we cannot and will not allow to happen again for this upcoming season.

The lack of volunteers resulted in several knock-on consequences

o   Lack of development of events and unable to implement exciting new ideas

o   Unable to research new venues and plan next season until post BQC

o   Not able to finish planning accredited events, delaying another season.

o Unable to progress on a ‘Tournament Toolkit’ (a resource for those within and external to QUK to plan tournaments)

Upon discussion with our Events Director, Genevieve Tyrell, it has become clear to EMT that if we want to continue sustaining QuidditchUK, then we must get more engagement from the wider community –

Last season was extremely difficult and put a lot of pressure on all the events department, as well as those linked to it. While we are very proud of their efforts, the pressure it put on volunteers is not sustainable and is linked to the burn out and departure of many involved.

We need to remedy this, to drive QuidditchUK events forwards and to develop new ideas and make sure the QuidditchUK season is strong and can grow.

QuidditchUK made mistakes last season linked to this, our failures include not publicising how bad things were and not looking at whether we could continue the full season earlier. Both of those are now being remedied and we have learnt from these, but there is work to do if we are to continue.

Positions for Regional Tournament Committee Members will be open until October 11th – Reminders will be placed on social media and sent to clubs in the lead up. If we do not have enough volunteers, the tournament will be cancelled.

Committee Positions for EQT, Development Cup, and BQC will open late November, and similar deadlines will be imposed to ensure a smooth tournament can be run.

We are aware that cancelling tournaments is a heavy response, but we cannot feasibly continue to run QuidditchUK events with such low volunteer numbers moving forward.

Further comments and questions relating to this can be emailed to president@quidditchuk.org or events@quidditchuk.org

Positions can be found on the Volunteers Page

2019/2020 Season Takes Flight

The 2019/2020 QuidditchUK Season is underway, and with it comes many possible storylines, but the most pressing being who will lift the British Quidditch Cup in Shrewsbury next April?

We’re proud to announce and confirm the venues for the 2019/2020 Season.

Southern Cup – Oxford Brookes Sport, Hartcourt Hill – November 9/10

We’ll be returning to the site of BQC 2018 for Southern Cup, Oxford Brookes has played host to QuidditchUK and Fantasy events for a few years now, and we’re excited to come back again to crown the Southern Regional champion and choose our Southern contenders for EQT.

Northern Cup, Sheffield Hallam Sports Park November 23/24

Sheffield will be playing host to Northern Cup for the third year in a row. Will we crown a new regional champion? And which clubs will be coming to EQT with the new community teams forming in the North?

European Qualifying Tournament, Salford Sports Village Manchester, February 1/2

Manchester will play host to the top 12 teams from the nation, with 1st through 6th from Northern and Southern facing off and deciding who will represent the United Kingdom at the European Quidditch Cup later in 2020.

Development Cup, Salford Sports Village Manchester, March 7/8

We’ll be returning back to Salford Sports village for Development Cup again. The Top 3 teams earning a qualifying sport for the British Quidditch Cup in April.

British Quidditch Cup, Shrewsbury Sports Village, April 18/19

QuidditchUK will be coming to Shrewsbury for the British Quidditch Cup. 32 teams from England, Scotland, and Wales will compete across the weekend as we crown a new British Champion.

For any questions, comments, or queries please get in touch via the contact form.

Youth Quidditch Group launched to enrich UK Quidditch

In collaboration with Enrich Education and the Quidditch Premier League, QuidditchUK are proud to announce their involvement with the Youth Quidditch Group. We are all proud to release the details on the first series of youth quidditch training days on several dates across the UK in October and November. 

The Youth Quidditch Group’s ‘Introduction to Quidditch certification’ sessions plan to enrich you with the knowledge and understanding to run your own official youth quidditch sessions, as well as including new resource booklet which includes official youth rules, training session ideas and position logistics. For those who represent a school who are interested in applying will be honoured with the certification of their school becoming an official QuidditchUK Youth Quidditch School. 

We plan on developing and delivering exceptional school events, staff training, official equipment and tournament region affiliation packages. All of this and more is to come out of our partnership within the next year. 

Introductions to Youth Quidditch certification start in Greater Manchester on the 1st October and  finish in the South West of England on the 20th November. With various dates in between covering areas such as Scotland and Greater London to name a few. 

If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity to continue UK Quidditch’s development across the youth of today, please direct your interest into booking your place with Enrich here. (Sessions will require a minimum of 15 participants to be delivered). 

QuidditchUK are incredibly excited with this announcement as the organisation has been working hard for a very long time with our partners for this day to come. We would like to thank Enrich Education and of course the Quidditch Premier League for all their efforts put into making the Youth Quidditch Group the best it can be.

Full Fees for the 2019/2020 season.

After careful consideration, QuidditchUK are ready to release their fees for the new season in full detail. We appreciate those who have been waiting patiently for this announcement.

Our collection of fees for next season will include rates for both ‘Player’ and ‘Club’ membership fees for QuidditchUK. As well as our tournament ‘Team’ and ‘Player’ fees, with direct comparison to last year’s costs.

Individual player fees for a QuidditchUK membership are as follows:

New Player Membership : £15
Student Player Membership : £22
Community Player Membership: £30

Club membership fees for a QuidditchUK official club/team membership are as follows:

New Club Membership : £35
Existing Club Membership : £70
Additional Team : £35 (per team)

Tournament fees for our regular events hosted annually are presented in table format. The table contains both Player and Team fees from last season compared to the current season’s rates.

*Since 09/09/2019, this graphic in particular has been updated to enhance QuidditchUK’s values in which we continue to hold to a deserved high standard. Especially when it comes to our social media presence.*

(The top two rows indicate our previous 2018/19 season’s fees whilst the bottom two rows indicate our 2019/20 season’s fees).

Whilst our Tournament fees for annual events is our biggest change presented; QuidditchUK believe that general satisfaction will be achieved by these amendments.

We listened to those who put forward the idea of raising team fees and lowering player fees during a General Forum last season. This makes it easier for University clubs to obtain grants covering the bulk of fees from their funding body and allows players to enjoy our events at a more personally affordable rate. Please note that change in fee structure isn’t designed to bring QuidditchUK any more revenue but to make event attendance easier and cheaper on an individual basis.

If you would like anymore information regarding our fee changes for the new season, you are welcome to use the Contact Form . Alternatively, please email operations@quidditchuk.org for any further questions.

Referee Workshops announced to enhance Gameplay

QuidditchUK are excited to present a special series of Referee Workshops for 2019. These workshops, managed by our very own Gameplay Director, Eamonn Harrison, are designed to cover the practical knowledge of refereeing, from paper to pitch.

A Northern edition is taking place on the 14th September in Victoria Park, Leicester. The Southern edition will occur a few weeks later on the 29th September in Clapham Common, London. Both sessions will run for the whole day, starting at 09:00 and finishing close to 17:00.

It is important to note that these events will not have any professional medical coverage, only Volunteer First Aiders will be available. However, no full games are planned to take place during either event.

For those who attend for the whole day are eligible for a new rate of pay for refereeing during the season, higher than written test only but lower than field tested (subject to Gameplay discretion)

Places for these workshops are limited and reserved on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you are interested in securing a spot, please register using the sign up form.

These referee workshops wouldn’t have been possible without the collaborative efforts from Velociraptors Quidditch Club and the London Unspeakables. We thank you for helping us in hosting these events. 

We are looking forward to improve the quality of refereeing throughout the sport, with more workshops like these planned to occur later in the 2019 – 2020 season.

Please contact gameplay@quidditchuk.org for anymore information relating to these events.

James Thanangadan stepping down as Team UK Head Coach

We’re sad to announce that James ‘JT’ Thanangadan has decided to step back from his role as Team UK Head Coach, in order to focus more on his own career and personal responsibilities.

JT has been instrumental in the development and improvement of coaching throughout the QuidditchUK community; leading Team UK to a bronze medal performance in the IQA European Games earlier this year as Head Coach, as well as his advice and offerings to quidditch athletes across the country.

We thank him for his tireless efforts, and wish him all the best moving forward.

With James stepping down, the current Assistant Coach, Jay Holmes, will serve as an Acting Head Coach while we look for a permanent replacement to coach and lead Team UK in the lead up to the IQA World Cup being held in the United States of America in summer 2020.

If you are interested in applying, you can find a job description and application form on the Volunteers Page.

If you have any questions or comments, please get in touch via www.quidditchuk.org/contact

Announcing the Annual General Meeting 2019

On the 27th August 2019, QuidditchUK will be hosting our Annual General Meeting (AGM) before the beginning of the 2019-2020.

The National Governing Body of Quidditch in the UK has undergone a large amount of structural amendments over the previous season. We would like to take this opportunity to make important information aware to our members, adding to our transparency between ourselves and clubs of the sport.

Clubs attending this year’s AGM (so far):

• Bath Quidditch Club
• Bristol Quidditch Club
• Bournemouth Banshees
• Durham University Quidditch Club
• Edinburgh Holyrood Hippogriffs
• Exeter Eagles
• Keele University Quidditch Club
• Leeds Griffins
• Liverpool Quidditch Club
• London Quidditch Club
• London Unspeakables
• Loughborough Longshots
• Manchester Universities Quidditch Club
• Nottingham Nightmares
• Olympians Quidditch Club
• Oxford Universities Quidditch Club
• Sheffield Quidditch Club
• St Andrews Snidgets
• Southampton Quidditch Club
• Tornadoes Quidditch Club
• Tremough Quidditch Club
• University of Leicester Quidditch Club
• Velociraptors Quidditch Club
• Warwick Quidditch Club
• Werewolves of London
• Winchester Wampus
• York Horntails

For this year’s AGM, the following topics covered will include: 

• The Financial Report for the 2018/19 season.
•  Constitutional Changes.
•  Venues for upcoming QuidditchUK events.
•  Goals going forward.


Several members of the Executive Management Team (EMT) will be attending the event to represent QuidditchUK within the format of the AGM. This meeting will have appearances from:

• Matt Bateman (President)
• Abby Whiteley (Vice President)
• Josh Fogg (Operations Director)
• Harry Smith (Development Director)
• Francesca Vigilante (Secretary)

Please note that minimum time will be given for questions and answers, as well as feedback. No further topics may be submitted for the agenda. However, you can contact QuidditchUK volunteers on their relevant emails after the AGM has finished as well. 

QuidditchUK’s Annual General Meeting for 2019 will be hosted on Google Hangouts, starting at 19:00 on August 27th. We anticipate the meeting will take no more than 90 minutes. Attending clubs will receive a meeting to the link prior to the forum start.

We strongly encourage that a representative from each club is able to attend the AGM as the more representation we have of UK Quidditch will ultimately bring a wide range of curiosity, making the meeting more engaging.

Furthermore, to continue our work with Sport England, we have a requirement to meet a minimum quorum for the AGM of 50% of our registered clubs. If we have an attendance of less than 20 QuidditchUK Clubs, we will not able to hold this meeting.

At this point in time, all clubs should have received an email from us regarding the AGM. Clubs that are attending should confirm via email with their club name and club representative by August 25th.

If you have not received an email, please let us know by emailing development@quiddtchuk.org

For any other questions or comments, please get in touch via the contact form.