I’m just really grateful that I get to play Quidditch
there is no better feeling in the world than coming home with grass on your cleats and smelling awful but feeling great
This could easily be a haiku. Simply and beautifully sums up how good it feels to play Quidditch!
This quidditch club in Africa has started with the intrepid work of a youth club director, John Ssentamu. He’s been watching tons of quidditch videos on youtube and asking us a lot of questions by email about how to play the game and get a club started. Our international director Karen has been in touch with him, and apparently he is naming their club the Karen Quidditch Club, which is the most touching thing I’ve ever heard in the history of quidditch.
The team can be seen here holding their brooms, which they made by hand with local materials, and also working hard to clear the quidditch field and make the grass even.
Here is an excerpt of what John wrote to us by email:
“ We are very excited about the new sport development that has started to be shared by the youth and school children…. I mainly write to express our interest to request for the permission to start Quidditch sport here in Uganda and am sure that it will start the chapter of spreading to other parts to the country and then to African countries. The passion and style moves people greatly and once this game is introduced in Uganda, we shall have created an avenue for some sports lovers who are not part of other common sports. Personally I am ready to volunteer my time to mobilize potential youth to be part of this sport in Uganda…. I have met several youth with this idea and they are very positive about the new sport and they feel the need to start practicing as soon as possible.”
what is your favorite sport. Besides Quidditch?
My favorite sport to watch besides quidditch is American football. My favorite sport to play besides quidditch is Crew or Traveling Rings. I also like tennis, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and distance running.
Alex, why don't you just do a "State-of-the-IQA" address in video form? You know, kind of like what the president does. How about you just record yourself explaining the new prices/everything in an understandable way? I hate seeing people being SO hostile against the IQA. I was interested in starting a new team, and I just want the info straight-forward.
Interesting idea, and actually we do have a video coming out soon with me and other league leadership explaining the plan further (although it is voiceovers, not pure video). I think if I were to record another video on top of that, I would want to film the sessions I have with teams at World Cup asking questions (and my answering them), to make the piece more conversational. I will talk to our World Cup video team and see if we can spare a camera person here and there just for that purpose! Thanks for sharing a great idea.
Hi, I don't play quidditch, but I'm friends with the team at my school and I travel with them sometimes and drive people to games, things of that nature. I noticed there's a lot of people upset about the new membership plan and I was just wondering why the IQA didn't do a kick starter. They're generally successful and people seem more willing to pay for things if they're asked to in order to help someone rather than being told they have to.
Thanks for reaching out! I appreciate that, especially since you are not even a player. That is so awesome that you drive your friends to games. I hope they are grateful for your support all the time! What team are your friends on?
I think most of the people who are upset don’t fully understand everything about the plan yet, and I don’t blame them - it’s a lot of information to absorb. I spoke about this plan in detail with around twenty teams in person prior to the release, and not one of them had any major problem with the plan - in fact many of those teams are defending the plan against critics right now. Perhaps sitting down and talking it out is easier than reading a report online.
Does your team want to talk to me more about this? If they are coming to World Cup, I’d love to set up a time to sit down and speak to them. If not, we can definitely do a skype date.
If they want to, they should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d really like to hear all of their thoughts and try to answer any questions they have, so please tell them not to be shy!