For the 2017 Quidditch Premier League season, the following managers have been appointed:
Read on for more information on each manager!
The London Monarchs – Ben Pooley
Ben Pooley is currently playing their fourth season with the London Unspeakables during the regular season, and is the club’s most capped player. Their experience and knowledge of the game is clear, having been part of the team officiating the 2016 IQA World Cup final, and helped to select Team UK in 2015.
The Southwest Broadside – Connor Simpson
Connor Simpson was QuidditchUK’s tournament director for Southern Cup 2016. In addition to this, he has significant experience with the Keele Squirrels and has been a member of Team UK in 2014. In addition to this, Simpson has previously held the role of Snitch Development Coordinator for QuidditchUK.
The Southeast Knights – Michael Ansell
Michael Ansell was coach of the Nottingham Nightmares during the 2015-2016 regular season, leading the team to qualification for the 2016 European Quidditch Cup and eventual bronze medals in the tournament. During that impressive run of form under Ansell, the team also won Northern Cup 2015, and produced a very strong showing at the British Quidditch Cup, finishing 4th.
The Eastern Mermaids – Sally Higginson
Sally Higginson has been involved in the sport at almost every level. She coached the Swansea Seven Swans during their first season of existence, and has snitched national and international tournaments. When not on the pitch, Higginson has been involved at the administrative level, writing policies and being part of tournament committees, perhaps most notably the 2015 European Quidditch Cup.
The Northern Watch – Eddie Bruce
Eddie Bruce is the current coach for the Sheffield Squids during the regular season, studying Physics at Sheffield University. With a background in a wide variety of sports, he has also impressed by partnering the Squids with BBC Sport’s Get Inspired campaign, which has led to the club’s events soon being featured on the BBC Sport website.
The Yorkshire Roses – Peggy Cook
Peggy Cook currently serves as vice-captain for the Sheffield Squids, but her experience in the sport stretches well beyond that. A player for the Chester Centurions since 2013, her playing career then took her to Leeds, while experience with the Amazing and Mighty Quercs since 2014 has exposed her to the highest levels of the sport in Europe.
The East Midlands Archers – Matthew Guenzel
Matthew Guenzel was most recently known for being the tournament director for the 2016 IQA World Cup in Frankfurt, Germany, an event that saw countries from around the world compete at the highest level. His initiative and ambition as tournament director won global praise. He was also vice-president of QuidditchUK between 2012 and 2015, playing a key part in establishing the organisation as a legitimate National Governing Body.
The West Midlands Revolution – Ben Morton
Ben Morton was president of QuidditchUK between 2012 and 2014, overseeing the introduction of the British Quidditch Cup in 2013. Morton has significant experience with the UK’s national team, Team UK, having captained the side first in 2012 and again in 2016, when the team won bronze medals at the 2016 IQA World Cup. He was also coach for Team UK in 2014.