The Introduction to Quidditch as a sport

23rd Sep 2019

When you hear the word Quidditch, the first thing you may think of is Harry Potter flying around on a broom in JK Rowling’s series of novels – but did you also know that in 2019, it is actually considered a new sport? Enrich Education is the official education partner of QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League and it is a fast, physical and highly active sport which is growing rapidly and proving extremely popular with young people everywhere.

The Quidditch Premier League

Did you also know that there is a Quidditch Premier League? Yes, that’s right! The Quidditch Premier League is a summer league of competitive quidditch play between teams from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. With its third season of the league happening in 2019, the Quidditch Premier League offers a showcase of fast-growing enthusiasm for the sport – running from June to August every year. If you are looking for more information on this the premier league, visit their website here.

QuidditchUK (QUK) is the national governing body for quidditch throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. They oversee the growth, development, and competition of the sport throughout the United Kingdom; and work with the International Quidditch Association on the expansion of quidditch throughout Europe and the international community. Since founding in 2012, QuidditchUK has seen rapid growth and expansion, and now boasts hundreds of athletes and a wide range of competing teams through active university and community quidditch clubs.

So, how do you actually play?

Obviously, we aren’t able to fly – so that’s out the window! So, a quidditch team usually consists of around 18 athletes with 7 players per team on the field at any given time of play. In the adult game each player must be mounted on a ‘broom’ when in play otherwise they are penalised. The use of brooms is introduced after the age of 11 as there is an emphasis on the younger children to develop the motor skills of receiving and running with the quaffle.

Quidditch is the only full contact mixed gender sport in the world. To make the sport as inclusive as possible there must only be four players of the same gender on the quidditch pitch at a time – ensuring that the game is mixed and inclusive to all. There are four types of positions on the field:

Chaser – their main aim is to throw the quaffle through the opposite team’s hoops to score goals (each goal is worth 10 points for the team).
Keepers – these players guard the hoops against opposing chasers to ensure that they don’t score any goals. These then can turn into a chaser on the offence.
Beaters – throwing blungers at the opposition to ‘get them out’ and making them return to their hoops is the main goal for the beaters. This is a very similar trait to the classic game of dodgeball.
Seekers – similar to the version in Harry Potter, the player who catches the snitch earns 30 points for their team and then ends the game – potentially making their team victorious.

Where does Enrich Education come into the equation?

At Enrich Education our main goal is to support the growth of the youth sport of quidditch across the UK.

As it is a relatively new sport, it is our responsibility, as the official education partner, to ensure quidditch progresses and grows, in a professional and standardised manner across the country. We have drawn upon our vast experience in the education and youth sport sectors, to lead the way in developing quidditch as a youth sport.

Our role has seen us contribute to the writing of the first ever, standardised set of youth rules in the UK. Enrich has also developed the first official youth quidditch training certification. The ‘Introduction to Quidditch’ course is ‘1st 4 Sport’ accredited and the only official youth coaching development course available, anywhere in the world. Furthermore, Enrich has developed the first set of official, sport specific, youth quidditch equipment, to be available anywhere. These developments and more are designed to ensure quality and consistency, enabling the sport to have the maximum positive impact, on young people across the UK and beyond.

Enrich Education is a business member of The Youth Sport Trust and passionate about all young people being physically active and schools being able contribute in a sustainable way.

For more information on what Enrich has to offer, to purchase Quidditch equipment, or to book onto one of our regional training courses visit our website or contact us directly on 01514891123.

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