The Northern Schools Quidditch Championship 2019

16th Jul 2019

Enrich Education, Quidditch UK and Quidditch Premier League hosted the very first UK primary school quidditch final and Liverpool Hope University

The North West was selected for the event, due to the popularity of the sport within primary schools across the area. The tournament will took place on Saturday 6 July.

Four schools competed in the landmark event, with the winners being crowned the first ever Northern Schools Quidditch Champions. The schools that took part were: St Aloysius Catholic Primary School, Wharton Primary School, Evelyn Community Primary and Woodheys Primary School.

“Enrich Education is delighted to have delivered on the aim of introducing school quidditch tornaments” said Enrich Educate Director Matthew Vaudrey. “Quidditch is proving really popular. 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.” “Enrich has worked hard to standardise the youth sport through a national rule set and producing official youth quidditch equipment, today is the first time our match quaffles and bludgers have been used in a competitive setting and it is great to see how the players react to this. The quidditch equipment is designed specifically for the youth game and has been used on our school events and training for the past few months”

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” said QuidditchUK President Matt Bateman. “This tournament sets an incredibly important milestone, acting as a testament to the hard work done in getting quidditch into more schools and youth communities. As quidditch enters its thirteenth year, it is now played across youth, university students and graduates alike. We are excited to see regular youth competitions contribute to the development of quidditch and ultimately, the growth of our athletic community in years to come.”

And it turned out to be a fantastic tournament with all the schools trying their hardest to reach the final and be crowned champions.

The final saw a Liverpool versus Manchester with St Aloysius Primary School from Liverpool against Woodheys Primary School, from Manchester and what a final it was with Woodheys seeker Victoria Williams catching the Golden Snitch in the dying seconds to win the match, Woodheys Primary were crowned Northwest Quidditch Champions!

Joint third place places went to Evelyn Primary School, Prescot and Wharton Primary, Salford.

Coach Nick from Wharton Primary School tweeted: What an amazing day today was! Some of our children competed in the Quidditch Northern Finals over in #Liverpool They all worked so hard and did fantastically well. Coach Nick was very proud of you all. Big thanks to @enrichedu for organising.

Pictures of the finals can be found here for more information on our school events, quidditch equipment or training please visit out quidditch page.

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Mrs Julia Ashton • Head Teacher St Mary's Blackbrook Catholic Primary School (St Helens)

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Mr Danny MacAreavy • Head Teacher St John Bosco Catholic Primary School (Sefton)

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John Casson • Head Teacher Hope Primary School (Knowsley)

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