Wales' first national quidditch team has been launched to compete in the Quidditch Premier League.
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.
Try-outs for the team will begin in the spring and will be open to anyone who will be residing in Wales during the summer of 2018 or of Welsh birth, with both new and experienced players expected to compete for a spot on the team.
The Welsh Dragons will enter the southern division of the League, competing against the London Monarchs, the Eastern Mermaids, the Southwest Broadside and the Southeast Knights before heading to the 2018 Championship.
How do you play?
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.