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Wales' first national Quidditch team launched to compete in premier league

Wales' first national quidditch team has been launched to compete in the Quidditch Premier League.

The game has grown in popularity and is inspired by the Harry Potter series Credit: Jessica Cornelius

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.

To now have Welsh and Scottish national teams is incredible, and I hope it really galvanises engagement with the sport there. We want as much local support as possible.

– Jack Lennard, League Director

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.