Quidditch Premier League 2017 Charity Announced

The Quidditch Premier League can today announce that the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) will receive charitable proceeds raised in our inaugural 2017 season. The group (registered charity 1158228, formerly 1101400) promotes equality and dignity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people who seek asylum in the UK, or who wish to immigrate here to be with their same-sex partner.

When paying for their membership to the Quidditch Premier League at the end of the month, players will have the (completely optional) choice to round up their £67 fee to £70. Each of the optional £3 donations made will be set aside and will then be given to the UKLGIG.

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‘The sport of quidditch has never been shy in promoting our values of inclusivity and diversity,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘I am beyond grateful for this opportunity to truly put our money where our mouth is. In times like these, when the dignity of LGBTQ+ immigrants is being stripped away, and human beings are increasingly used as political bargaining chips, this is our chance to do something that could make a real difference.’

The UKLGIG offer support and information to LGBTQ+ asylum seekers through a qualified legal team, as well as aiding research and policy development that will improve the quality of the UK immigration process. Founded in 1993 as Stonewall Immigration Group, the UKLGIG celebrated its 20th birthday in 2013.

Quidditch Premier League partners with Triple Hoops Films

The Quidditch Premier League is tonight thrilled to announce a partnership with Triple Hoops Films. Triple Hoops  Films are perhaps best known for their film ‘Fly: Journey to Frankfurt’, which covered the UK national team at the IQA 2016 World Cup, and was met with acclaim. They will be filming sections of the inaugural Quidditch Premier League season this summer for a series of highlight reels.

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Triple Hoops Films will be partnering with the Quidditch Premier League for the 2017 season

‘I am so excited to be working with the Triple Hoops Films team this season,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘One of the Quidditch Premier League’s key pillars is creating a product that inspires people to get involved with this amazing sport. As I’m sure anyone who has ever seen their work can tell you, Triple Hoops Films are very well qualified to help us create the level of quality video material that this sport deserves.’

Triple Hoops Films will be creating a highlight reel for each of the eight Quidditch Premier League teams, as well as a highlight reel for the Championship itself. In addition to this, they will also be creating a film covering members of the LGBTQ+ community within the Quidditch Premier League, and another focusing on non-males in the sport.

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Caroline Taylor and Jennie Grimes, the founders of Triple Hoops Films | Photo credit: Triple Hoops Films

‘We are so excited to be working with the Quidditch Premier League in the upcoming summer season!’ Caroline Taylor, Director of Triple Hoops Films, said. ‘There’s loads of amazing content on the way for all the teams in the league, and we can’t wait to be at the forefront of capturing the magic of this next phase in UK quidditch.’

For all the latest updates, follow Triple Hoops Films on Facebook.

Evan Edmond joins as Deputy Gameplay Director

The Quidditch Premier League can today announce that Evan Edmond has joined as Deputy Gameplay Director. He will be working with Gameplay Director Connor Simpson and the rest of the executive team in drawing up policies for our inaugural summer 2017 season.

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Evan Edmond will be Deputy Gameplay Director | Photo credit: Ajantha Abey

‘Evan is someone who is passionate about this sport at every level,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘He has played at the highest club level of the sport in Europe, and is always thinking of new ways to make the game more exciting and safer for our players. He is an addition that fits an emerging trend for our organisation – bringing in the most qualified and most talented people to build something unparalleled. I am delighted to welcome him to the team.’

A qualified doctor, who has devoted time researching the state of concussion in the sport, Edmond will be advising the team on any additional policies to keep our players safe. He will also bring his knowledge of the tactical side of the sport to ensure that any changes that deviate from the standard QuidditchUK rules are done with precision and care, providing the levels of gameplay that people will expect from the Quidditch Premier League.

Mujtaba, Bloom, Higgins, and Mitchell Join QPL Staff

The Quidditch Premier League is today pleased to announce an expansion of our core team. Mubariz Mujtaba has been selected as our Logistics Director. He will be helped in this position by Hailey Bloom, who will take on the role of Assistant Logistics Director. Meanwhile, Livia Higgins has joined the team as a Logistics Consultant, and Daniel Mitchell will be advising the League as Health and Safety Policy Director.

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Mubariz Mujtaba will be bringing a wealth of experience as Logistics Director

‘All of these people are incredibly talented, and I am so excited to welcome them onboard,’ Director Jack Lennard said. ‘I am constantly reminded of the sheer amounts of talent that this community holds in a variety of sectors – to be able to work alongside them is a fantastic opportunity and, frankly, an honour. I can’t wait to see them join us in raising the standard of quidditch events in the UK, for players and spectators alike.’

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Livia Higgins will bring her expertise in event planning to the role of Logistics Consultant | Photo credit: Ajantha Abey

Mujtaba was recently announced as the Logistics Operations Officer for the 2017 British Quidditch Cup, and brings with him a wealth of experience in managing and planning efficient and high-quality events. Higgins and Bloom are both old hands at quidditch event organisation, having started and continued the well-known Durham Summer Cup fantasy tournament. Finally, Mitchell will take his learnings from policy studies at university and combine that with his experience of the sport to ensure that the experience is a positive, safe, and fair one for all our volunteers, players, and fans.

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Daniel Mitchell has joined as Health and Safety Policy Director | Photo credit: Jon Hall

Are you interested in a role with the Quidditch Premier League? Send in a CV and short cover letter to contact@quidditchpremierleague.com – we’d love to work with you and find a role that suits your skills!

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Hailey Bloom will be working as Assistant Logistics Director | Photo credit: Dawn Burns Bloom

Southwest Broadside Exeter Tryout Moves To Bristol

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, our try-out in Exeter on Sunday 5th February has had to be moved to Bristol. The timings will be the same; 1:30pm-4:30pm GMT.

An excessive amount of rain has caused the pitches in Exeter to become waterlogged, and all sporting activity there has been cancelled for at least a month. We were informed of this by the Exeter Eagles at 19:22 GMT this evening, and they themselves only found out moments before, and we are very thankful to them for quickly making us aware of the situation. However, we are aware that this short of a notice for a change is not acceptable for our players, and we will endeavour to do more to avoid it in the future.

We have reached out to people who have signed up for the Exeter tryouts to make them aware of the change, and fully expect them to either go to one of the Bristol tryouts or apply through video submissions and in-person scouting at events.

The Quidditch Premier League would like to thank Brizzlepuffs Quidditch Club for their quick acceptance of our request to move the tryout to Bristol.

We hope you are all excited as we are to get tryouts under way!

Full details:

Bristol: Durdham Down, by Café Retreat, BS9 1FG

Sunday 5th February, 2017, 1:30pm-4:30pm

SAVAGE Named Official Apparel Partner of the Quidditch Premier League

We’re very excited to bring you all some massive news today – something we’ve been working hard on (and working even harder to keep to ourselves) for a while now. The Quidditch Premier League has signed a major agreement with SAVAGE to become the our official apparel partner for the 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons.

Alongside the announcement, we are delighted to give you a sneak peek of one of our very first kits – the Eastern Mermaids! This is just one of a dazzling array of team kits that you can expect from this partnership.

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The company will produce the on-field kits and Quidditch Premier League branded gear in a three-year partnership that begins with the league’s inaugural 2017 season.

“SAVAGE has made a strong name for themselves in the USA by providing apparel for Major League Quidditch, and so we are naturally thrilled to be bringing their high standards to the UK with the Quidditch Premier League,” said Director Jack Lennard. “Having admired their products from across the Atlantic for years now (and as a proud owner of some of their kits!), I can’t wait to get to work with SAVAGE to create stunning apparel for our players and fans.”

SAVAGE began in 2009 as a customizable apparel company. Within eight years, SAVAGE has become well known in several niche sports including quidditch. Priding itself on offering high quality gear with in-house designers, SAVAGE has become a go-to for teams looking to be a step ahead of the competition. With this next step, SAVAGE plans on expanding its reach further into the European quidditch market.

“When I first heard about the Quidditch Premier League, I was filled with excitement,” says SAVAGE founder Todd Curran. “After working with the Major League Quidditch, I knew SAVAGE needed to support the Quidditch Premier League in some form. After a productive meeting with Jack Lennard, we knew we wanted to be 100 percent in. We had been looking for a way to expand our reach into the quidditch market and also the European market. Our partnership will be a driving force for SAVAGE to lower its international costs, which may have held back some customers.”  

The brands and kits for each team will be announced in the coming two months, and the kits will then be available through the SAVAGE website. Kits will be offered to players at a significantly reduced cost, ensuring that the dramatically increased quality of the apparel does not affect the affordability of participating in the Quidditch Premier League.

In addition to this, players will be offered the opportunity to reduce the price of their kits even further with each replica kit that they sell – the SAVAGE Player Programme. 

This agreement means we have been able to set the Quidditch Premier League player fee, including a full kit, at a flat fee of £67 for the 2017 season. This cost can be heavily reduced with the SAVAGE Player Programme being introduced this season, with more information becoming available next month.

The player fee includes your entry to the Quidditch Premier League, with eligibility for all divisional fixtures and the championship fixture, as well as a fully sublimated and personalised kit (including a jersey, shorts, and socks).

SAVAGE has also generously offered a 20 percent PRO discount to all Quidditch Premier League players for their online shop. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with the reduced player kit costs nor with the kit price reduction scheme.

Finally, we are excited to confirm that SAVAGE will be the first of our individual team sponsors, and their brand will be featured on the kits of the London Monarchs. We expect to have similar sponsorships negotiated and agreed for all eight Quidditch Premier League teams for the 2017 season.

For more information on SAVAGE, visit their website, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Keep an eye on the Quidditch Premier League website, as well as making sure you’re following our Facebook and Twitter pages, for all the latest updates on this and further exciting partnerships.

Quidditch Premier League Launches

On 15 November, 2016, the Quidditch Premier League launched live on Sky News Sunrise in the United Kingdom.

Received overwhelmingly positively by the community and external commentators, the QPL heralded a new era of the sport in the UK.

In just a couple of days, the QPL’s launch reached huge international coverage, with features on Sky News, ITV, and articles in national and international outlets, such as the Washington Post, the Guardian, Hollywood Reporter, among many others. The QPL’s launch was even mentioned on Conan.

For more examples of our global media reach, check out our Press page here.