UK first for high school Quidditch
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.’