Quidditch, yes really (Pic: QPL)
This summer, London will be hosting one of six Quidditch Premier League fixtures, to determine the strongest teams in the UK and set their ranks in the Quidditch Premier League Championship.
The event will be attended by the local London Monarchs, as well as the Eastern Mermaids, the Southwest Broadside, and Southeast Knights.
The London fixture is the first of six to be hosted across the UK, and it kickstarts the inaugural season for the league. With time and development, the organisation is acting to develop the sport to new heights in the UK.
The Quidditch Premier League (QPL) is an elite quidditch league that represents the sport in the United Kingdom. The league is composed of eight teams - four in the North Division and four in the South Division. The QPL season runs from June to August, with each team playing three divisional fixtures in the regular season. The playoffs include all eight teams competing in the QPL Championship fixture in late August, with the winning team being named as the QPL Champions for that season.
Ben Pooley, Team Manager for the London Unspeakables, is excited for the event: “"Some of the best players in the country will be showcasing their ability. It'll be a closely fought spectacle in which I believe London will come out on top!"”
Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, quidditch has developed into its own sport, with 20,000 competing international players, 25 competing countries, and an international rulebook. A quidditch team consists of 21 athletes with 7 players per team on the field at any one time. Each player has a broom between their legs. The four maximum rule of quidditch states that at most there can be four players of the same gender on pitch at one time. This ensures that the game is mixed gender and inclusive to all. Quidditch has also been labelled as the ‘world’s most progressive sport’ by VICE for the same reason.
How does quidditch work?
A quidditch team consists of 21 athletes with 7 players per team on the field at any one time. Each player has a broom between their legs. The four maximum rule of quidditch states that at most there can be four players of the same gender on pitch at one time. This ensures that the game is mixed gender and inclusive to all.
Players can be one of four positions:
Keepers - Guard the hoops from opposing chasers and become a 4th chaser on offense.
Chasers - Throw the quaffle through the opposite team's hoops to score goals worth 10 points.
Beaters -Throw bludgers at the opposing team to 'knock them out' and make them return to hoops.
Seekers - Catch the snitch (worth 30 points) to end the game.
A team of 7 will have 1 Keeper, 3 Chasers, 2 Beaters and 1 Seeker. A game of quidditch involves three types of balls:
The Quaffle - a semi-deflated volleyball thrown through the hoops by chasers and keepers.
Bludgers - dodgeballs thrown at other players by beaters. There are 3 bludgers on the pitch.
The Snitch - a sock with a tennis ball in it, attached to the snitch runner's shorts. When caught by either team's seeker, the game ends
The event takes place on Clapham Common on Saturday, June the 17th. The sino newsdesk team will be there!