Flying Dutchmen step away from Facebook and Whatsapp

The 2019 Flying Dutchmen will not use the communication systems they have used for the past few years, Facebook and Whatsapp, but will instead move their communication towards Slack and Eventbot.

The leadership has chosen to look for alternatives after some players and people from the leadership themselves are not on Facebook (anymore), and after unclarity about the actual use of the Whatsappgroup. Therefore, there was a need for a communication system that could replace Whatsapp and Facebook, preferably with multiple distinct channels, with a good event planner for practices, and a way to easily share documents.

After looking around the clear best option was Slack. Slack has the distinct channels and has both an app for Android, IOS and Windows, but it also runs in browsers. That combined with Google Drive and the Google Drive bot that is featured in Slack meant most of the requirements we needed were being met.

The only requirement that was not being met by Slack alone was good way to replace the Facebook events, in such a way people knew when the practices where, could RSVP to the practices so that the coaches were aware of the attendance and could integrate with several calendar apps, like Google calendar. After trying several different bots there was only one bot that really satisfied all the needs and requirements, which was Eventbot.

Eventbot is a free app that has upgrade subscriptions based on everyone’s needs. The free version allows the Flying Dutchmen pretty much everything they needed for their team, however the free version is limited to 20 users, which was too small. However, their “Team” plan (which is normally $10 per month, or $5 for non-profit and educational groups) allows for 60 users, and also allows the import of an external calendar, visual representations of calendars, the scheduling of recurring events, the ability to send events to external apps like Google Calendar and even a personalized RSVP button. This makes this plan more than worth it’s small price

Eventbot will allow the Flying Dutchmen to train more efficiently, by telling the coaches who is going to be there. It will allow the players to find the details of all the training-dates more easily, while also making it easier to update their attendance and also giving them an easy way of justifying any absences. It will also allow the coaching staff to easily see who has attended what training, and it will allow the team managers to more easily communicate changes in the schedule with the entire team. This switch is the first step in getting all the communication in one place, therefore decreasing the possibility of miscommunication that has happened in the past. Eventbot will help us leave Facebook behind us while we switch to professional communication systems instead of social ones with too much distraction.

This article was written in collaboration with Eventbot, for which we received a discount.
We the Flying Dutchmen would like to thank Eventbot for their support this year.

Have you ever considered playing for the Flying Dutchmen?

The Dutch National Quidditch Team is going to the World Cup 2018 in Florence, Italy, and it needs your help! We are looking for highly motivated players to form a practice squad, from which the final roster will be chosen to compete for The Netherlands at the World Cup.

Besides the practices with your local team, there will be 6-8 national practices up until July, including some friendlies against other teams. Everyone who is interested in playing for the Dutchmen this year is required to complete the attached form. This includes the players from last year who want to remain active in the team. The coaching staff will scout and evaluate anyone interested not only at general Dutch quidditch events, but also at two specific try-out days. The first try-out day will be on December 10th in Utrecht and the second try-out day will be at the end of January or start of February.

The deadline for applications is November 30th, 2017 and you have to fill in the attached form in order to be eligible for the try-out days.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to send an email to flyingdutchmen@quidditchnederland.nl

Quidditch World Cup to be hosted by Florence, Italy

FLORENCE, 1 November: The International Quidditch Association (IQA) today announced that they have selected the City of Florence to host the IQA World Cup, working in conjunction with Human Company. National quidditch teams from around the world, from the UK and Denmark to the USA and 2016 World Champions Australia, will fly to Florence to compete to be crowned international champions of the sport.

With 31 nations planning to attend the tournament, Florence is expected to host the largest tournament in quidditch history, with an expected five hundred players coming to the city to compete and play. This will follow on from the IQA World Cup in Frankfurt in 2016, where Australia defeated the USA in the finals.

Marco Galletti, CEO of Human Company: “We are delighted with the IQA decision to award us the next Quidditch World Cup: we worked with conviction and determination on the candidacy bid on behalf of our Group and the City of Florence, not least because we are confident that events of such importance offer excellent development opportunities for our territory. Our holiday park in Florence will become an extraordinary home for enthusiasts of this discipline inspired on the unique world of Harry Potter.”

After a competitive bidding process which involved the USA, UK, France, Turkey, Australia, and Belgium, Italy was chosen as the most suitable country for 2018. With a high-quality venue, great support from the City of Florence, and a detailed plan by Human Company, the IQA will collaborate closely with the organisations to ensure the success of the international tournament.

As a center of history, culture and art, Florence is set to support athletes and participants, with the support of the City aiding the stay of the nations attending. To coincide with the competition, the Cultural Department of the City of Florence will be organising lectures and special side events in the main historical libraries and other places of cultural interest in town, for all age groups.

Andrea Vannucci, City of Florence Executive for Sports, Popular culture, Youth policies and Toponomy: “A grand event that will launch our city into a fantasy world. The most famous sport inspired by the magical world of Harry Potter offers a great occasion to host thousands of Quidditch fans in Florence.”

Andrea Miglietta, President of Associazione Italiana Quidditch: “We are excited to host the biggest IQA tournament ever made. This is a huge opportunity for us to improve our organization abilities and increase quidditch development on our country. With the great support of City of Florence and Human Company we ensure to make this IQA Quidditch World Cup into the most beautiful quidditch experience for player and spectators.”

Quidditch was adapted from the Harry Potter novels almost twelve years ago in the US. It combines elements of rugby and dodgeball to create a fast paced, full contact, mixed gender sport. It has proved to be a popular game for athletes and Potter enthusiasts alike and has grown enormously in the past few years. There are now teams on every continent as well as many countries hosting annual club championships for their top teams. To compete, teams must have a mix of genders on pitch at all times. The sport aims to be as inclusive as possible and to encourage more women in sport and increase awareness of non-binary genders.

Nicholas Oughtibridge, Chair of the IQA board of trustees: “I am delighted that the enchanting City of Florence has offered to host the 2018 IQA Quidditch World Cup in partnership with the IQA and Human Company. Florence has led European culture, challenged norms and inspires a better future. The city a natural host for our mixed gender contact sport.”

Nations hoping to attend:

Europe: Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Turkey, UK.

Americas: USA, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Mexico, Peru.

Asia & Oceania: Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Vietnam.

Africa: Uganda.

 

PRESS CONTACT
Tom Ffiske,
PR Director,
International Quidditch Association
media@iqasport.org

Odense, Denmark

We have all arrived home safely by now and we have to say: Harry Potter Festival Odense​ in Denmark was a great experience for all of us! We shared love, pride, and joy, and aside from that the Flying Dutchmen also brought home a trophy for placing first. The Dutch team ended up winning five out of six games during the tournament: winning against Iceland, Czech Republic and Poland on friday, and Slovenia and Denmark on saturday. The last match against Ireland was a tough one, and a deserved win for the Irish team. We’re ready for a rematch already!

If you missed our matches, you can find the livetweets about all of them (and the way there and back again) on our twitter at @NLQuidditch, and our Denmark game on the livestream as published on facebook.

Credit: Van Klaveren Quidditch Photography

National team to play at Harry Potter Festival in Odense, Denmark

The season has only just started and we’re kicking off with big news! We’re happy to announce that after their adventures at European Games in Norway, the Dutch national team has been invited to play at the Harry Potter Festival Odense in Odense, Denmark. Seven other national teams will also attend the event: Sweden, Ireland, Poland, Iceland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, and of course Denmark itself.

More information about the festival can be found on their facebook page (Danish).