The UK’s national quidditch team, Team UK, consists of the best players in the United Kingdom. Most recently captained by Edward Brett at the European Games 2019, these players represent UK quidditch at international tournaments twice a year, competing in the European Games and the Quidditch World Cup.
Players are dedicated athletes and activists to the sport, donning the Team UK kits with pride as they show both the elite level of play the UK can offer and the sports values we honour. Many players are activists in the quidditch community, setting up or helping run both university and community teams.
In 2015 QuidditchUK launched the Team UK Training Squad. The Team UK Training Squad is the standing squad of Team UK and is the pool from which rosters will be chosen to represent the UK at an international level. 2016 saw the launch of the Team UK Expansion Squad. The Expansion Squad aims to develop promising players, provide a pathway to the Training Squad, and to elevate the level of quidditch in the UK. Both the Team UK Training Squad and Expansion Squad were the first of their kind worldwide.
Membership of both squads is reviewed regularly by the Team UK coaches, following the Selection Process and based on the Selection Criteria which can be found here.
Team UK’s most recent tournament was the European Games 2019 in Bamberg, Germany where they won the bronze medal against Germany, after losing a semi-final in overtime against France, the eventual winners of the tournament.
In 2018, Team UK finished in fourth place out of 29 teams from five continents. They lost to the USA in their semi-final game, and lost a very close bronze medal match to Turkey.
2017 marked a record breaking victory for Team UK, where the team won the European Games after beating France to take the gold.
In 2016, Team UK competed at the Quidditch World Cup in Frankfurt, coming third after beating Team Canada, missing out on silver and gold to the USA and Australia.
Team UK has a history of being leaders in the global sport, hosting the first ever international tournament, the Summer Games, in Oxford, UK. The first time international teams had formally competed against each other in a structured tournament, the event kickstarted quidditch in the UK, resulting in an explosion of growth and development of the sport and leading the UK to where it is today in terms of quidditch development and teams.
Oxford, United Kingdom
Frankfurt, Germany (Photo - Ajantha Abey)
Oslo, Norway (Photo - Howard Orridge)
Florence, Italy (Photo - Howard Orridge)
Bamberg, Germany (Photo - Ajantha Abey)