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!