The University of Portsmouth Dodgeball Club, the Purple Cobras, recently hosted a two-week charity tournament during This Girl Can Week.
The friendly tournament was open to University of Portsmouth students and graduates, with or without dodgeball experience. Spread across two weekly sessions, the tournament gave our student Strikers the chance to utilise their dodgeball skills and help raise money for charity.
Strikers came second in the tournament, missing out on first place against the Dodgeball Club Firsts.
The tournament raised a total of £106.83, which will go towards an elected female related charity.
Strikers’ member Sophie Ward took part in both weeks and said: “The tournament was really fun! I really liked the girls and it was nice playing matches with people who wanted to beat us – it was challenging and different to quidditch training. It was difficult not to bring aspects of beating into the game though, like using full contact elements when running for the balls at the beginning!”
This Girl Can is a Sport England campaign celebrating active women across the UK and encouraging girls to get active however they can – be it through team sports, running, classes or more. This Girl Can Week took place November 20th-26th 2017 and saw women taking part in new activities and sports across the country.
University of Portsmouth Quidditch Club President Jaelithe said, “We encourage every one of our girls to do their best – and it was great to see them getting active and using their passion for sports outside of our sessions.”
Quidditch is considered one of the few truly gender inclusive sports available, with a gender rule allowing no more than 4 people of the same gender on pitch at once. Often described as revolutionary, the rule gives non-male players a vital role in the sport.
“Our girl’s excellent performance is really testament to the Strikers Quidditch training ethos,” says Strikers Quidditch Director Jack Latoy. “For us the gender rule isn’t ‘4 men play the game and we need 3 girls for gender’. We don’t just ‘have girls on pitch’. Our girls train hard, play harder, and do us proud.”
We’d like to thank the Dodgeball Club for hosting us, and hope to see you at training soon!
Photo credit: Tom Mcdonald: Magic Memories Photos