Following careful selection across the last few months, QuidditchUK are pleased to confirm the players that currently hold a place in the Team UK Expansion Squad. For more information on the role of Expansion Squad and how players are chosen, please consult our Team UK Expansion Squad Objective.
The Team UK Expansion Squad has recruited new staff to help with the delivery of the training and it’s remit. The following players and volunteers currently hold a space in the Team UK Expansion Squad:
|Jay Holmes, Head Coach||Chris Scholes-Lawrence||Ben Honey||Ben Guthrie|
|Dave Goddin, Assistant Head Coach||Elliot Fisher||Caleb Pakeman||Chris Thomas|
|Tommy Morgan, Quaffle Coach||Mat Croft||Jack Kohli||Christo Cole|
|Asia Piatek, Quaffle Coach||Joe Kernaghan||Gabri Hall Rapa|
|Dan Trick, Beater Coach||Lewis Dixon||Iain
|Alice Walker, Beater Coach||Mike Lewis||Mikey Orridge|
|Judith Ballinger, Squad Coordinator||Olly Barker||Nat Welham|
|Rudi Obasi-Adams||Tayyeb Ali|
|Steve Withers||Anna O’Gara|
|Tommy Ruler||Emily Hymers|
|Anna Rowe||Franky Kempster|
|Chloé Hemingway||Carina Werner|
|Ellinor Alseth Opsal|
Head Coach Jay Holmes said:
I can’t wait to work with the new set of players and it I feel like we’re combining the old school with the new school and getting the best of both worlds. I am sure in time some of these players, especially the ones from small market clubs, will be able to become some of the best players we’ve had in the UK. The focus with this new set of expansion players has been athleticism and potential and I know we have a set of players that are going to work themselves hard to be the best.
I think we can all feel a lot of changes happening in quidditch and I am confident these players hold a bright future for Team UK and I am ready to support them. I’m hoping the rest of the community can get behind these players and help to cherish their growth over (hopefully) the next two years.
We’re putting a huge emphasis on tracking, scouting and statistics to try and gather the most efficient way to teach and improve our players and push in similar ways that football, basketball and american football have to see patterns and trends in players and use these to our advantages. Expansion squad is something that means the world to me and I know that these players have the drive to continue to make the squad the best it can possibly be. They are ready to learn, ready to improve and most importantly, ready to trust the process.