With quidditch in the UK adapting to take on more community players, Strikers Quidditch in Portsmouth are opening up to non-students this season.
Portsmouth’s team, the Horntail Strikers, placed 19th at this year’s British Quidditch Cup after coming 3rd in the Consolation Bracket at the tournament in Rugeley. The team will now be made up of both community and student members, with training sessions available to the community from September 2017.
Delivered by Portsmouth Quidditch Coach and Sport and Exercise Science Graduate Jack Latoy, Strikers’ community sessions will be held on Sundays, 2-5pm at Milton Park.
Portsmouth Quidditch originated with the University of Portsmouth Quidditch Club, who will be continuing to offer training to students throughout the academic year. Club members will now have the opportunity to take part in training sessions with community team members.
Despite the fast paced nature of quidditch, the sport offers on-pitch roles to people with varying levels of fitness. With a variety of positions and tactics, the game has something to offer even the newest players. Members have the opportunity to take part competitively at various tournaments across the year, or use their training as an opportunity to keep fit and socialise.
“Quidditch is made unique through its gender rules and inclusiveness,” explains Jack. “What makes it great to play however is the pace and style of gameplay. Quidditch is one of the fastest sports you can play but does not require a ridiculous level of fitness. Quidditch is a contact sport yet playable with either very high or very low levels of contact. The variety of positions playing on the same pitch in quidditch makes it unpredictable, highly tactical and means there is a role for everyone.”
Interested? Why not check out How to Play.
Strikers beginners’ sessions will take place at Milton Park on Sundays 24th September and 1st October, 2-5pm. All equipment is provided. Attendees are advised to wear clothing suitable for outdoor sport, and bring jumpers/warm clothing for after the session. Clothes are liable to get muddy.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Sessions times are subject to change in winter months.
Header photo credit: Rowena Haigh