UK’s First Youth Quidditch Tournament

26th Oct 2018

Enrich Education, QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League to Host Inaugural School Quidditch Tournament in Liverpool.

Enrich Education, Quidditch UK and Quidditch Premier League are delighted to announce that Liverpool will play host to the very first school quidditch tournament to take place in the UK.

Merseyside has been selected for this inaugural event, due to the huge popularity of the sport within primary schools across the area. The tournament will take place at Liverpool Hope University, on Friday 9th November, 10am-1pm.

Eight schools will compete in the landmark event and the two finalists will progress to a national final at a QuidditchUK fixture next summer. The schools are St Brigid’s Catholic Primary (Knowsley), Stockbridge Village Primary (Knowsley), St Aloysius Catholic Primary (Knowsley), Cronton CE Primary (Knowsley), Evelyn Community Primary (Knowsley), St Anne’s Catholic Primary (Knowsley), Queens Park Primary C of E URC Primary (St Helens) and The Federation of St Mary’s Primary (St Helens).

Enrich Education is a Merseyside based company and is the official, national education partner of QuidditchUK and The Quidditch Premier League. In the North West of England alone, over 9000 pupils have participated in school based ‘Introduction to Quidditch’ events over the past 10 months.

“Enrich Education is delighted to have teamed 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 really popular with schools. It is a fast, physical, fun sport, that engages and encourages all pupils to be active. The potential for the growth of youth quidditch across the UK is huge and creating opportunities for young people to compete in tournaments, such as this one, is crucial for developing the sport.”

QuidditchUK is the official governing body of quidditch in the United Kingdom and is affiliated with the International Quidditch Association.

“QuidditchUK are excited to see our sport growing and expanding into younger generations of fans and athletes” said QuidditchUK Vice President Matt Bateman. “This upcoming tournament sets an incredibly important milestone, acting as a testament to the hard work done by Enrich Education and QuidditchUK in getting quidditch into more schools and youth communities. As quidditch enters its 13th year as a sport, it is now played across youth, university students, and graduates alike. With the wide range of players all over the country, we are excited to see regular youth competitions contribute to the development of quidditch and ultimately, the growth of our athletic community in the years to come.”

To involve your school or child in quidditch, contact info@enricheducationuk.com More information about Enrich Education, QuidditchUK and Quidditch Premier League can also be found on their websites;

www.enricheducationuk.com

www.quidditchuk.org

www.quidditchpremierleague.com

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