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Strikers Impress at “This Girl Can” Dodgeball Tournament

Strikers recently participated in a charity This Girl Can dodgeball tournament hosted by the University of Portsmouth Dodgeball Club, the Purple Cobras.

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

Strikers Quidditch Opens Training to Community

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.

You can contact us at Strikers Quidditch via our facebook or twitter, or email us at portsmouthquidditch@gmail.com

Alternatively, to get in touch with the University of Portsmouth Quidditch Club, see their facebook, twitter, instagram or website, or contact them at quidditch@upsu.net

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Sessions times are subject to change in winter months.

Header photo credit: Rowena Haigh 

Strikers Quidditch Attends Whirlwind Tornadoes Training

Strikers Quidditch Coach Jack Latoy and Assistant Coach Jaelithe Swan joined the Tornadoes Quidditch Club on the second day of their training weekend in Reading last Sunday.

Training was delivered by Tornadoes’ Coach El Zukowicz, who believes that it is important for teams to open training to non-members.

“I encourage the sharing of drills and play styles between teams,” El explains. “This helps improve the overall skill level and quality of quidditch in the UK. Tornadoes open training went well! We went over a lot of basic skills but those undervalued ‘tricks’ can be game changing if you practice and utilise them.”

The Tornadoes placed 6th at the British Quidditch Cup this year, and offered an open training weekend across the 29th and 30th of July.

The two-day training session focused on beating, with an emphasis on tactics and strategy within the team. Exploring a variety of game play situations, training was beneficial to beaters and chasers alike.

The next Tornadoes training weekend is set to take place in August.

Moving into his fourth year of coaching the Portsmouth team, Jack says the training was hugely beneficial.

“It was great to have the opportunity to train with such a high caliber team as the Tornadoes!” he says. “I really enjoyed watching how other coaches and teams operate and know it will help me to improve my own coaching and play.”

Jaelithe, who is President of the University of Portsmouth Quidditch Club, says that it was extremely useful to see how other teams conduct their training.

“University based teams have a tendency to miss out on coaching over the years as players graduate and leave,” she explains. “It was great to see how an established community team trains, and we hope to utilise the skills we learnt with the Tornadoes and incorporate some of the teaching style into our own sessions for the coming season.”

We’d like to thank the Tornadoes team for hosting us, and look forward to the chance to train with you more in future!

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Coach Jack and Assistant Coach Jaelithe on route to Tornadoes Training

Horntails take part in Whiteknights V

The Horntail Strikers recently attended the Whiteknights V tournament, hosted by the Reading Rocs Quidditch Team across the weekend of 22nd – 23rd April 2017.


With a reduced roster of 9 players, the Strikers took on the Oxford Quidlings and Exeter Eagles on their first day, with an impressive 120* – 60 win against the Quidlings.

Sunday saw the Horntails play the Nottingham Nightmares, who ultimately saw the Strikers out of the tournament. Despite keeping the score close on quaffle for the majority of the game, the Nightmares shot ahead after the snitch was released.

Whiteknights V was the tournament debut of Striker Imke Stoffijn, who joined the team in February. Imke scored two goals across the weekend and proved to be invaluable on pitch – taking on new roles such as seeking as well as utilising her skills as both a chaser and beater.

“I really enjoyed Whiteknights!” enthuses Imke. “We played some really good games – everyone was so driven to play. The friendlies showed to me what makes quidditch such a nice sport – that everyone really wanted to play with and against other teams to enjoy the game.”

Strikers Coach Jack Latoy says the tournament has benefited both new and experienced team members, and was a learning experience for all.

“Whiteknights 5 was a fantastic tournament for the Portsmouth side, presenting an opportunity to play against old friends and new teams alike in a fun yet competitive setting,” says Jack. “The team played with pace and passion despite a depleted roster to positively round off an excellent year of quidditch following Portsmouth’s first victory at Whiteknights 4.”

The Horntails finished 8th overall – to see the full standings click here.