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The Youth Quidditch Group

07th Mar 2019

Enrich Education, The Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK, and are pleased to announce the creation of the Youth Quidditch Group, a formalised partnership that will see the three organisations further commit to developing youth quidditch in the UK and beyond.

The three organisations extended their agreement by a further five years after a successful one-year contract. The first year focused on naming Enrich Education as the exclusive Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK partner for youth quidditch services, and this is continued under the new contract.

Key areas of focus for the newly formed Youth Quidditch Group will be the scaling of youth quidditch sessions across the country through an affiliate membership and coaching qualification programme, providing access to quality standardised equipment for schools and youth clubs, establishing a standardised youth quidditch rulebook accessible for players of all ages, and the introduction of a youth league and a school membership programme from the Quidditch Premier League and QuidditchUK respectively.

‘The last twelve months have clearly shown a huge appetite for quidditch, from schools and young people across the country. Quidditch is perfect for enhancing a school’s sports premium offer and engaging all pupils in physical activity,’ said Matt Vaudrey, Director of Enrich Education. ‘We are delighted to have entered into a new, long-term agreement with QuidditchUK and the Quidditch Premier League. Some of the plans we have for the growth of the sport at a youth level are really exciting and will ensure that quidditch continues to contribute to sustainable improvements to the physical education, physical activity and sport on offer in schools.’

‘This is a massive step towards our ultimate goal – getting quidditch into every school across the UK, getting young people more active, and expanding the talent pathways in the sport to the adult game,’ said Jack Lennard, Director of the Quidditch Premier League. ‘Enrich Education have done an incredible amount of work since we signed the initial contract with them last year, so it’s an absolute pleasure to be increasing the level of commitment to our partnership alongside our national governing body.’

“Suffice to say, our work with Enrich and QPL focussing on the youth side of the game is one of our biggest achievements to date,” said Mel Piper, President of QuidditchUK. “The creation of the Youth Quidditch Group is what will take our sport to the next level, and create a sustainable future and constant talent stream. Quidditch has already made such a positive difference to many children, providing an active outlet for those not interested in mainstream sports, and a way into reading for those already engaged in sport.”

In the 2018 calendar year, a total of 58 schools and over 8400 young people participated in introductory quidditch events, in the North West of England. This number is set to double in 2019 and events will be taking place all over the country. The first ever regional school tournaments took place towards the end of 2018, and a national school competition is planned for the new academic year.



"Children's University has helped some of our children walk tall and believe in themselves. They have discovered their strengths, made new friends and aimed high."

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

"Last year, during sports week, we had a Quidditch workshop. It was brilliant. It was something completely different that really motivated and inspired the children to get active. The workshop ran brilliantly involving all the differing needs of the class. I have already booked for next year….it was so good! "

Mrs Justine Kellett • Head Teacher Queen’s Park C.E/U.R.C Primary School (St Helens)

"The Outdoor Learning twilight was a great success, expertly delivered by Joe. All staff joined in and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Joe was able to show how each activity could be adapted for all children from EYFS to Y6. A fabulous resource! Thank you."

Mrs Jan Cunningham • Head Teacher St Andrew the Apostle Catholic Primary School (Knowsley)

"I had been looking to develop our outdoor environment as a way to engage the children in skills that are generally lacking in many children these days. I arranged a training session with Enrich Education as well as the installation of our orienteering course. The children have all used the course and it has been great to see children who may not appear confident in a formal classroom environment really flourish in the outdoor world. Our recent Ofsted visit by an HMI was particularly complimentary about the schools attitude towards meeting the needs of all learners. Great guys, well organised and there to help all the way. We even had a slight change to our course which was attended to immediately."

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

"Quidditch has brought a new element of sport to our school, we are always looking for innovative and creative ways to engage the children in sport especially when utilising our sports premium funding and this experience has done that, it has been fantastic and delivered in such a quality way by Enrich Education. "

John Casson • Head Teacher Hope Primary School (Knowsley)

"The Outdoor Learning was a fantastic, fun experience both for children and staff. It covers more than one area of the curriculum in a engaging and active way, which is always a good thing!! Well worth doing and the staff who deliver it are brilliant!"

Mrs Jeanette Grundy • Head Teacher St Leo's and Southmead Catholic Nursery & Primary School (Knowsley)