Muggle Students Play Quidditch in Wales


Apr 06, 2009

Posted by EdwardTLC

Students of the Ferndale Comprehensive School in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales have the added benefit of a little magic to their physical education program with the inclusion of a muggle form of Quidditch into their sports activities. The Guardian is reporting that a version of the game is being played at the school with the “absence of broomsticks and bewitched balls, [as well as a] ‘seeker,’” and is more of a “cross between dodgeball and handball.” Seven year old Keiron Port says this of the sport now being played at his school:

“Quidditch is a good fun game, it is fast and has lots of exciting moments. My favourite position has got to be the chaser, I like it because you get to score most of your team’s goals.”

The paper goes on to report that addition of Quidditch at the school is part of a”5×60 programme” that insures secondary school students in Wales receive at least one hour of exercise five times a week. James Vale, a PE teacher at the Ferndale Comprehensive School, notes that the wizarding game is beneficial to the students because “players are always on the go unlike in other sports where players are sometimes not really involved in the game” due to the constant threat of bludgers. This Welsh assembly government initiative to get children active in new and different sports began in 2006, and has been implemented in “98% of secondary schools across Wales and is expected to encompass all schools in the country by the end of the financial year.”

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97 Responses to Muggle Students Play Quidditch in Wales

Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Hmm.. i think this has been posted before.. I already know this..., for some reason. There's also a tournament and an official website.Avatar ImageSirius_Craic says: That's so cool. What does the seeker do though?Avatar Imagedavid1228 says: Cool...can we play quidditch at my school??Avatar Imageemiliehope says: Wish my gym class could do that. I'd probably consider participating more often, hehe.Avatar Imagepenguin1124 says: Yeah there is a huge Qudditch league in a lot of colleges around the US, and it is so much fun to play :)Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: In sixth grade the other gym class in my school played Quidditch. I switched out of that class before it started. I was very dissappointed and mad at my gym teacher.Avatar Imageskiving snackboxes says: that is so cool! I'm jealous.Avatar ImageCellar Door says: That's pretty cool. I'd start to love PE if I played Quidditch at my school.Avatar ImageRAB66 says: I might have actually liked gym class if we got to play quiddich.Avatar ImagemOOn-stArs-sUn says: That's so awesome! I wish they played Quidditch at my school :)Avatar Imagebudgie says: It sounds like a really fun game.Avatar Imagehp29 says: This is so awesome! I want to play :)Avatar Imagesiriuslysirius11 says: Wha- unfair! We need that in gym class!Avatar ImageJustSuperMione says: I think I saw this story in relation to an American school. What I want them to invent are hoover boards and a robotic flying snitch - them we'll see what fun can be had!!!Avatar Imagejonfrog says: i wish i had quidditch when i went to schoolAvatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: That's amazing! My gym classes are terrible!!! Maybe I could suggest this to my gym teacher and we could stop playing "soldiers and generals" and other the other non-sporty games that she makes up!Avatar Imagebecmajec says: why couldn't they have done that at my schoolAvatar ImageeiVega says: It seems like lots of different places have their own version of Quidditch. I wonder if we will ever be able to be to standardize and universalize one form of gameplay and rules. It would be very interesting to see it develop into something formal and regular.Avatar ImageNargleCatcher says: Awsome! I've always wanted to do that!Avatar ImageEmilyDeibert says: If we had that in school, I probably would have taken gym this year. =PAvatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: We play family friendly Quidditch every Sunday afternoon in the Phoenix East Valley - complete with Quaffle, Bludgers and Beater's Bats. Each match has two 7 minute periods. The game is a cross between European Team Handball, Dodgeball and Monkey-in-the-Middle. I'm with JustSuperMione - we are still working on a flying snitch that will work in a park with bright sunlight.Avatar ImageMcGiggles92 says: cool. My cousins and I played a game for fun a few year ago in my grandma's yard.Avatar Imageblind_pilot says: Lucky! :DAvatar ImageMera004 says: Ooh, that sounds fun! I'm so jealous. That's a sport that I'd be interested in. :) Avatar Imageccking says: my school DOES do this =) but it's my last year at that school *cries*Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I wish I could have participate in these physical education classes! Then I might have actually enjoyed the subject for the first time in my life. :DAvatar Imageboywizard63 says: i iwish i had that @ my schoolAvatar Imagecaitlin.roth says: I'm so jealous!Avatar Imageharrypotterfan5324 says: I tried to get my gym teacher let us play quidditch but not even close...sad....and I have tried it with brooms and the snitch and bludger...i had people dress up as the snitch and quaflle...the snitch person just ran around being obnoxious and the people dressed up as the bludger just ran around tripping was SO FUN!!!Avatar Imagepottercastfan says: I wish that our school has quidditch! That would be SO COOL!Avatar Imagerhadamenthes says: That's very cool. Too bad school in the US don't have the kind of funding that would allow this type of PE sport to be played. Tough enough just trying to keep PE in the schools at this point.Avatar Imagehufflepuffkeeper9 says:'s not working!!Avatar Imageavrenim says: had there been quidditch at my school, i would have participated in gym a lot more!Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: Haha :P That's awesome! If we did that maybe I'd actualy like gym! harrypotterfan Kool twist!Avatar Imagereadhp1008 says: I wish my school could buy a anti gravity chamber and programmed balls to play a real game of Qudittch. sigh... but we are still in debt for the extreamly boring football feild for a team that NEVER WINS! It seems like a more fundmaental thing to put that into the school dosen't it?Avatar Imagesiriusismyhero says: That is amazing. I wish we had had Quidditch when I was in High School!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Awesome!Avatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: haha I can already imagine american kids walking around w/ their letterman for Varsity Quidditch....I would lovee to play that, even if I sucked @ it, I'd work on it till I didn't lol Avatar ImageThe Silver Doe music says: That is awesome. We are still trying to figure out a feasible way to play quidditch at my school.Avatar Imagelevi-OH-sa not levio-SA says: BUT I WANT A MAGIC BROOOOM DAMMIT! Avatar ImageCatherine says: cool! here play quiditch at notre dame university! it is so fun!Avatar Imagecharminggoats says: That's awesome! I love Quidditch... It's exciting to see so many schools starting to pick it up!Avatar ImageKiralay says: Wow! I like PE already, but this...Avatar Imagephantomdave79 says: Nice! Avatar Imagemissskye says: How fun!Avatar Imageginnyrose says: wow i wish i was still at school to play this i wonder what the muggie rules are ?Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: That's awesome Avatar Imageangelac123 says: Awesome! I wish we did the same at my school! :DAvatar ImageVerity Weasley says: This is so cool. I'd love to know more about how this works. Avatar ImageBewareoftheNargles says: hahahahaha AWESOME! I wanna play!Avatar Imageele0206 says: Gosh, what a wonderful idea!!!! I wish my school did this.Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Excellent!! It sounds like so much fun! Just a shame there's no seeker!Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: I wonder what the Seeker will seek? :DAvatar ImageShalanarah says: wow cool! anyway, are there any video clips on this?Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: That's very cool, i wish i could play quidditch.Avatar ImageVideoKID says: Wow Lucky i wish my school did that :)Avatar Imagegoodenough says: that's so cool! I wish we could play quidditch at our school.Avatar ImageethanHP says: I still can not picture how they do it, but sounds fun!Avatar Imagerebel says: sounds like fun!Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: I remember that a few years ago already, there was a news tidbit here in Finland about some HP fans playing a Muggle version of Quidditch.. But I don't think there are any schools here that would have taken it as a proper sport, something that could be played instead of footie or pesäpallo (our version of baseball). Damn shame, if you ask me.Avatar Imageilovefeltbeats says: thats so cool!Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I like it when they try new things. It sounds really exciting. Avatar Imagemewthree says: sounds like good fun, but it just can't be done. i think helicopters are needed to make it work.Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: I'd love to have quidditch locallyAvatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Wonder how the bludger's work?Avatar ImageNylota says: I've played quidditch with my local HP group and it's really fun! And to any of the college-age people. I've heard of an inter-collegiate quidditch league. I don't know much more about it but you should look into it if you're interestedAvatar Imagelunalovespudding says: This sounds like so much fun! But it says Keiron is in Year 7, meaning he's 11 or 12, not 7.Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: i wish enough big HP fans lived around me so i could play a game of quidditch!!!! it would be so FUN!!!! and since i can't go to the convention, but i MAT be going to pottercast in detroit!!!! knock on wood i still have a lot of details to work out!!!Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: If only there was a way to get the snitch in there some how. They need to make another Quidditch game for PS3 or Wii.Avatar ImageKneazle1 says: Awesome!Avatar Imagesnunkiebrian says: now that would have been fantastic to play at school, trust the welsh!!!Avatar ImageJennie Rae Urban says: If we had Quidditch at my high school, I might have stayed in PE just for that... Instead the only exercise I get is walking home from school...Avatar Imageamandrake says: Omg that is so cool!!!!!! Avatar ImageLoSushi says: AWESOME! i should email this to my school !Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: I have heard about it on college campuses... unfortunately not mine. I would love to play but is it just me, or does it seem a little sad without broomsticks and a seeker??Avatar ImageHallows not Horcruxes says: I want to play Quidditch... :(Avatar ImageBradyboy says: Thats so cool, credit for playing muggle qudditch. Avatar Imagenicole 313 says: Thats cool :) not quite sure how it works, but it must be fun. wish we could do that in my PE class!Avatar Imagehufflepuff_86 says: Sounds like fun. My Cub group would probably enjoy this... Avatar Imageharrypotterlover10 says: I wanna play! Right now we are playing stupid badmition!!!! It sucks! I wish that my gym teacher would let us play that! My gym teachers proubly don't know what Harry Potter is! Avatar Imageginnywp says: omg thats soooo cool!!! i really wana play it in our PE lessons!! does anyone know the actual rules?Avatar ImageAsi says: I like PE but if it were like that at my school it would be cool!Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: I've heard that several universities are getting Quidditch Teams, with a quick runner in yellow as the Snitch. Cool beans!Avatar ImageDobbyrox says: I hate PE!!! If they played quidditch it would be so much better! =p Avatar ImageLP Dantas says: FINALLY people with sense realized that broomsticks are not needed in muggle quidditch! I mean, come on, have some muggle pride! :pAvatar Imagenoe_lover_42 says: Thanks Tom :)Avatar ImageSidish_black6 says: Ok, how they are playin. . . :)Avatar ImageHGROSS44 says: THEY SHOULD INCORPERATE LACROSS INTO QUIDDITCH AND A CROSS OVER OF THE GAME THE MYAN INDIANS PLAYED WITH OUT THE LOSING TEAM BEING BEHEADED. NOW THAT WOULD BE FUN TO PLAY.Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: i wish my school had Quidditch :(Avatar Imagesevpatronus_93 says: actually, my high school in tennessee is forming a quidditch team, too. it's not an official sport, but it's sponsored by the school. we're starting it next year. :]Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: luucckkyyy!!Avatar ImageHappy_Orange says: Hehe I admire them :)Avatar ImageKimberlyZ says: that's cool!Avatar Imagestevenk12468 says: This is awesome. I wish they would play it at my school. :pAvatar Imagelunaspec_gimmy says: Damn, I want to be under 16 again and go to school there. xDAvatar Imagechoirgeek says: This = beyond awesome! I wish we had had Quidditch at my elementary school.Avatar Imagenagini1025 says: Im playing that in gym in two weeks, once fitness testing is done *retch* Even though my gym teacher has never read Harry Potter... Hes missing out...

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