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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

Strikers’ Authors: Jack and Jaelithe

By now you should be aware of Strikers Quidditch’s new website. This website has been constructed by Strikers Quidditch manager Jack Latoy and University of Portsmouth Quidditch Club president Jaelithe Swan. But who are these people and how do they produce such amazing content I hear you ask? Allow us to introduce ourselves:

Jack Latoy Portsmouth Strikers Quidditch Author

Hi! My name is Jack and I run the community aspect of Portsmouth quidditch as a part of my business, Strikers Sport and Recreation. I’ve been playing quidditch since September 2014 at the point of the club’s conception as a university team. I began my time in quidditch as an equipment manager for the university team however, as I advanced through my degree in Sport and Exercise Science, I began to take on more coaching roles and the first team’s captaincy.

Having now graduated I am self-employed as a full time sports coach working with taekwondo and quidditch in Portsmouth. In this capacity I build and run training sessions, oversee community involvement and recruitment and produce content for this website!

It is my aspiration to make Strikers Quidditch a big name in the UK quidditch scene and to foster the success of our athletes both on and off pitch. Hopefully the content I produce for this website can help me do that!

Jaelithe

Hey! I’m Jaelithe.

I’m currently President of the University of Portsmouth Quidditch Club (2017-18), and was elected Media Officer the previous year. I help run our University training sessions and tournament participation, and promote what our team is doing across the University. I joined quidditch in my first year of University in 2014.

I’m about to enter the final year of my degree in Creative and Media Writing after working in the University’s Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries’ Promotions Team for a year on placement.

I play a major role in our media, marketing and communications here at Strikers Quidditch, as well as creating content for the website and blog.