Volunteers’ Week celebrates the contribution of millions of helpers across the UK. As volunteers form the backbone of the quidditch community, we would like to widen our appreciation to a global level.
Quidditch volunteers work incredibly hard in all sorts of ways, from reffing matches to running tournaments. Many volunteers are visible, managing teams and developing their skills. Others are behind computers, sorting logistics or finances. All volunteers should be valued and thanked, from the Presidents of organisations to the runners who keep tournaments going.
We believe that volunteers should not be taken for granted, or treated poorly. Instead, we want to promote a culture where volunteers are praised, and that everyone helps even in small ways, such as goal reffing, timekeeping, or keeping pitches clean.
Here are some stories from around the world.
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My role in Quidditch UK is Assistant Events Director, I help to ensure that your tournaments are as enjoyable and seamless as possible, from venue searching, to event preparation (all about that food catering), and keeping an eye open during game day.
I decided to apply for the position after Liverpool won the first Development Cup. Having been Liverpool’s Manager and helping the team to grow from 5 players to a full squad was amazing I figured that helping other baby teams set up and develop would be equally awesome.
Most well known for her four year tenancy as QuidditchUK president, Mel Piper has recently taken a step back from high profile volunteering. After a fantastic run as president, really pushing quidditch from a questionable sport to be considered as a real sport, Mel has really worked hard for the UK quidditch community, and the community has reaped the rewards.
Quidditch Netherlands Volunteers
As QNL we first would like to thank our entire community. Almost everyone of them has at least volunteered once and without them, we couldn’t function the way we do!
When the time of applying for EQC 2019 came I wasn’t sure about sending bid for Warsaw right away. I was worrying if we’re going to manage to organise such a big and most of all, important, tournament. Maybe it’s better if we wait a bit longer? Collect more experience? Apply next year? But 2019 was a year when EQC Division 2 was planned for only 16 teams.
My story with Quidditch began during a weekend of summer 2014. Friends took me for a walk to Saski park where a friendly match between Quidditch Hussars and Płonące Miotły Zagłady team took place. I really enjoyed the idea of the sport so I decided to join practices. That wasn’t too hard that time, our level of play was pretty low.
My story with Quidditch began about 18 years ago when together with friends from kindergarten we were crazy about Harry Potter and tried to play wizard’s sport according to our own rules… But that doesn’t count I guess. The adventure with Quidditch we know these days (and the one of which I’m not the author of the rules, unfortunately) started in 2016 after one of open practises organised by Warsaw Mermaids. I had never been interested in the sport too much, but huge positive energy of Mermaids made me join the team as their chaser.
Emma Humphrey (a.k.a Jandels)
After growing up in the remote town of Christchurch, New Zealand, Emma traveled to Melbourne, Australia to complete her undergraduate degree in physics. After stumbling upon the sport in early 2015, within a year she founded Quidditch New Zealand Association Inc and began plans to bring the sport back to her home country.
Raised around the New Zealand Capitol of Wellington, quidditch around the world has a lot to thank from its quirky citizen Matt. With aspirations in fine arts and film, Matt began building his career in the film industry before moving to the UK in 2015 to pursue his passion… and discovered another.
Lore has been an active member of the quidditch community for a while now. Ever since she joined, she’s worked on different projects both nationally and internationally. She joined Belgian Quidditch Federation when she was writing her bachelors thesis on the identity and image of the organisation.
Caroline Katie Mailleux
Caroline is the type of volunteer that is sadly, really, really underappreciated. Always there to help everyone out, but never asks for any kind of thanks. However, as this week is Volunteers’ Week, what better moment than to put her in the spotlight?
Jesus Mendoza Mejia
A volunteer in media, he has a master’s degree in political and social sciences whose theme is the processes of patrimonialization in the network of the Day of the Dead party: the Xantolo.
She is a powerful designer who has supported quidditch in Mexico since its founding. It is in the media area and its superpower is to create images and objects that not only inform the community about the events, but evoke the identity of the players in the sport.
David has been an active member of the Quidditch community Mexico, since its founding in the year 2012.
Uriel Peña and Ebett Chacón
The arbitration area at QMX is complemented by this duo of superheroes who dedicate their time to translate, disseminate and support applying the rules that the IQA introduces to officials.
Alonso is in charge of training and carrying the percentages of the national quidditch team, along with Mauricio Sánchez.
America got the job without knowing exactly what to do. She was the president on a new organisation, supported by weak bases and surrounded by scattered interests. Yet she knew how to measure up, how to take the reins, and guide our Federation farther than we ever dreamed.
Brenda Flores raised her fist when everything threatened to fall apart, but it was with courage, willpower, and intelligence that she kept the FDPQ afloat.
Richard is a passionate PR who works in Quidditch Austria. For several years, Richard helped to grow the NGB from a small handful of teams, to a larger number that spans the country.
Brynja Pálína Sigurgeirsdóttir
Brynja is the most important volunteer that Team Iceland has ever had. Without her Iceland would not have been at the Odense Tournament or World Cup 2018. The amount of dedication and work that Brynja has put into the team is absolutely incredible.
Alex started playing quidditch in March 2018, for Hippobogalatus, and since then he has gradually been sucked into the quidditch community – become an important member of it.
Meeting Muggle Quidditch in 2017 was love on first sight. She supported the swiss teams with catering for the Swiss Quidditch Championship, infrastructure, logistics, donations, sponsoring, a lot of cheering (especially with traditional swiss cow bells) and founding the first swiss Kidditch Team (Youth Team).
Flavia Luz, also known as the Honey Badger, tackles all problems as ferociously as opponents twice her weight.
“Jannis, is it legal to…”
There’s hardly a Turicum Thunderbirds-training without these words. But to limit the activities of Jannis on just him being a Referee would be, well, limited.
Patricia did not only found the Basel Basilisks, she also is a coach, co-chair (co-president) and does every task that needs to be done.
Jørgen has been a part of the NRF board for years, several of them as the leader. He has spent uncountable hours to make the sport better in Norway.
Known by all, Diogo Broda, began his quidditch journey with the Ravens River team in 2012. His dedication and commitment gave him the rank of captain in 2013.
Kathryn Cooper is currently the Chairperson of Quidditch NSW (QNSW), but she started her quidditch journey all the way back in 2013 with the University of Sydney Unspeakables. Since then, she’s been a manager, vice president, coach, captain, team mum, and inspiration to many.
Amanda Gammelby Qvesel
Amanda Gammelby Qvesel started playing quidditch while on exchange in Sydney, Australia. Within only three months of returning to Denmark, the club that would soon be named the Hafnia Harpies had their first training in March 2018.