The University of Limerick will host two European Quidditch competitions later this year, which will draw 1,800 players.
Teams from countries as far away as Australia will come to Limerick to take part in the competitions Harry Potter-inspired sport as Ireland was able to land two competitions in one country for the first time ever.
The University of Limerick hosts both the European Quidditch Cup and the International Quidditch Association European Games. The European Quidditch Cup Division 1 takes place over two days from June 4th to 5th with an estimated 1,000 athletes representing 32 teams including Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, France, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Norway and United Kingdom.
The International Quidditch Association European Games 2022 will take place from July 22nd to 24th with an expected 600 to 800 athletes from over 20 countries.
UL and Quidditch Ireland led the winning entries, beating out competition from Spain, Germany and Turkey.
Originally inspired by the game in the Harry Potter Since an inaugural game in 2005, Quidditch has grown into a sport played by thousands of players in over 40 countries worldwide.
It’s grown beyond the books and movies Harry Potter a sport loved by thousands worldwide. It’s a fast-paced, mixed-gender, full-contact sport that’s been compared to a hybrid of handball, rugby and dodgeball.
Seven players on each team compete to outperform their opponents by shooting the Quaffle through one of the opponent’s hoops, defending their own hoops with tackles and bludgers, and catching the snitch to end the game.
Philip Moore is the captain of the Ireland team and the man who submitted Ireland’s bids for the competitions. He hopes Ireland, which is hosting both prestigious tournaments this summer, will lead to increased interest in the sport here.
The Ireland national Quidditch team has competed at European level since 2017 and the current squad consists of around 25 players made up of members from a Dublin club and Irish players scattered across clubs in Europe.
“We currently only have one Quidditch club in Ireland, the Dublin Draíochta Dragons, but we hope these major competitions will generate renewed interest in our great sport,” said Mr. Moore.
“I have friends all over the world that I have played against in competitions. It’s an amazing community of people who are incredibly passionate about sport,” Philip told Independent.ie.
He also says that with dozens of countries represented at the competitions, they have “the best after parties in the world”.
“You guys might be enemies on the pitch, but when you sit down afterwards, it’s great. Those are some of the best connections I’ve ever made in my life.”
At a launch event at UL on Monday, City and County Mayor Cllr Daniel Butler said the “unique sport” will feel right at home in Limerick.
“Winning both bids is a testament to the excellent sports facilities and infrastructure we have here. Congratulations to everyone involved, we look forward to seeing the games kick off and welcoming so many European visitors to our city and county.”
Quidditch Europe’s Laurens Grinwis said the sport will “reach new heights in Limerick” in 2022.
“It’s a very exciting year where all the focus will be on Limerick as Europe’s top club teams compete for the Division 1 European Quidditch Cup in June.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/harry-potter-sport-of-quidditch-to-come-to-limerick-for-two-international-tournaments-this-summer-41542823.html The Harry Potter sport of Quidditch is coming to Limerick for two international tournaments this summer