UK first for high school Quid­ditch

The Oban Times - - News -

A LOCHABER school has be­come the first in the UK to in­tro­duce Quid­ditch -a mag­i­cal sport made fa­mous by the Harry Pot­ter se­ries.

A ‘mug­gle’ (non-magic) ver­sion of the game has proved pop­u­lar in Amer­ica and Kin­lochleven high school has be­come the first school in Bri­tain to register its club ‘Kin­lochleven Midges’.

It is only the sec­ond team in Scot­land, fol­low­ing on from St An­drews univer­sity, and play­ers are call­ing on other schools to sign up so they can play against each other.

Tech­ni­cal teacher and coach, man­ager and founder of Kin­lochleven Midges Graeme Martin said: ‘Our plan is to go to the pri­mary schools in our catch­ment area with mem­bers of the Quid­ditch team and train the po­ten­tial fu­ture play­ers. The plan is to also make our school more ac­tive and since 43 peo­ple, one third of the school, have signed up, this is look­ing to be a suc­cess. We named the team be­cause midges are un­stop­pable, as well as per­sis­tent!’

Head­teacher Re­becca Machin, a big Harry Pot­ter fan, said: ‘It’s a mar­vel­lous idea and shows the won­der­ful imag­i­na­tion of our pupils and staff. It’s also go­ing to make the pri­mary sev­ens’ tran­si­tion to high school more en­joy­able be­cause of the train­ing they will get from mem­bers of the Quid­ditch team, mak­ing friends in an in­ter­est­ing way.’

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