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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