Both teams huddled before the final of the 2017 Nationals
Welcome to Bristol Quidditch Club! We are a joint team between UWE and UoB that also accepts community members.
If you are: looking for a creative new way to get fit at uni, looking for a way to make new friends at uni, want to go to a lot of tournaments and win a lot, whether you love Harry Potter or just want to tackle some nerds, then Quidditch is the sport for you! No previous sporting experience required, all we ask is that you come along wanting to have fun!
Quidditch itself began as a sport in 2005 in America. Since then it has spread across the world; today we see 40+ clubs in the UK, with Regional, National and International tournaments; the first ever World Cup was held in Frankfurt in 2016, and now even a Premier League, the Championship of which was held at Craven Park Stadium this summer. Take a look at our highlights video below to get a better idea of what the sport is like!
Our 2017 Highlights Video
Bristol Quidditch Club was founded in 2014 (originally as Brizzlepuffs Quidditch Club) and comprises of two teams: the Bears and the Bees, both of which are co-ed! The Bears are currently national silver medal holders, while the Bees have consistently placed higher than any other seconds team in the country. We also help run the South-West League, the only term-time league structure in the country, of which the Bears are currently reigning champions.
As a club we have some outstanding achievements:
- We are the largest club in the UK and potentially Europe.
- Consistent medals at local, regional, and national tournaments.
- Our first team is the highest ranked university team in the country.
- Several members on national squads.
- We have qualified for the largest international tournament in Europe two years running.
- More players on Premier League teams this summer than from any other club in the country.
- Shortlisted for Small Society of the Year two years running.
However, sporting achievements are not the only thing we can boast as a club! We arrange plenty of socials throughout the year and have done everything from club nights out, to paintball, cinema trips, games nights, scavenger hunts across Bristol, black tie formals and more! Not to mention that when we qualify for tournaments abroad, we often get a lot more of the club than are actually playing coming along and it ends up being a great club holiday!
From L to R: Bears winning a local tournament, Varsity 2017, Bees celebrating after a win at the British Quidditch Cup.
What's in store for this year!
This year we have so much planned so sign up as soon as you can in order to not miss out!
First of all our regular training sessions take place every Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm at the Durdham Downs:
(Info on Taster Sessions at the bottom!)
They last 2-3 hours and we all usually end up in the pub afterwards!
Both teams are signed up to the South-West League, which means monthly fixtures against other teams in the area.
We will be attending Regionals and Nationals, as well as multiple other tournaments throughout the year.
Regular matches against other university teams.
If we qualify, a trip to another European country for a tournament/holiday. (If we don't qualify or it ends up being in the UK, a trip to another European country for a holiday!)
Some brilliant socials to kick off the year (and continuing throughout of course!)
A fiercly contested Varsity match.
The opportunity to meet a great bunch of people and join our (not quite so little any more) family.
The Bears with the rest of the teams representing the UK at the European Quidditch Cup in Italy 2016.
On Saturday 27th January at 2pm we will be hosting a taster session at our usual training location, the Durdham Downs. Come along for your introduction to this fabulous sport!