QNL at the NL Sports Convention 2018

On 14th May two of our board members, Chula Bruggeling (vice chairman) and Twan Elting (Gameplay), travelled down to the Sport & Congress Centre Papendal for the Dutch Sports Convention 2018. This convention, organised by NOC*NSF, was a unique opportunity for both them as Quidditch Netherlands to gain new knowledge, making connections and to give quidditch more publicity within the world of sports. Below a short report by Chula.

The two main themes during this year’s Dutch Sports Convention were #trotsophetverleden (proud of the past) and #zinindetoekomst (looking forward to the future). Mostly the second theme was one where we could relate very well. Beforehand we didn’t know what we could expect of a day like this, but we trusted that we could learn a lot at the sports convention and hopefully gain useful contacts for the future.

During the convention we’ve attended multiple sessions where several organisations and departments of the NOC*NSF talked about sports related subjects. That’s how we gained knowledge and new insights about a future-proof sports board, association directors, digital marketing (for events) and the AH sports activity/National Sport week. The useful information and knowledge of this afternoon will be written down (digitally) as much as possible and used for general improvement within QNL. Anything relevant will also be passed on to several teams (such as information about the National Sports week in September).

There was also room for networking. We have exchanged several business cards and had some interesting conversations. In response to all our networking we have already received a couple of emails and we also send out some emails ourselves, discussing subjects such as training possibilities for coaches and trainers, problems and start-up issues among small sports federations, diversity in sport, and admission requirements and quality requirements for sports federations / members of NOC*NSF. As some of you might have already noticed on Twitter, our networking also resulted in new followers from the general sports world. Next to that we also made a couple of personal LinkedIn connections. All in all, it was a useful and interesting afternoon.

Regarding the admission requirements of NOC*NSF, the mandatory membership of the IQA within the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), formerly known as SportAccord, is unfortunately beyond the control of QNL. We do, however, appear to comply with the other admission requirements (as soon as the statutes are submitted to the notary this summer and QNL becomes an association with full legal capacity) and in the next few years we are able to work on the latest quality requirements that have not yet been met.
After a joint evening meal, the representatives of more than one hundred Dutch sports federations officially met for the semi-annual General Meeting of NOC*NSF. Because of the link with this sports convention, it was also possible for interested parties in general to be present, and to look at how this works for such a large association.

With a large projection screen, microphones and cameras everywhere in a packed room it certainly feels impressive. Looking at the other attendees it was soon clear that we certainly were the youngest attendees. Though representatives of the Skateboard Federation Netherlands (based on their appearance they were at least 10 to 20 years younger than the average member present) fortunately made that we did not feel completely out of place.

A financial annual report showing tens of thousands of euros on the screen shows once again what kind of meeting we were attending, especially after we noticed the memorandum which indicated that all amounts had to be multiplied by 1,000. That’s completely different from the type of discussions we have in Quidditch Netherlands, where 50 euros more or less within the budget already is a very serious issue. Another difference is the general annual report; a complete book was on display at the presentation board, and on the laptop of one of the attendees in front of us we could see that the digital file covered around a hundred pages.

There were also topics that are directly relevant to a sport association on a scale as QNL. For example, the presentation of a national report on sexual harassment and sexually transgressive behaviour within sport, carried out by an independent committee, and the changes based on this report and the recommendations of this committee. Although we like to see quidditch as a large community of great people, it always remains important to reflect on the fact that sexual harassment and sexual abuse can also occur within our sport, and that strict and clear rules must exist. Quidditch Netherlands has been working for some time on a general disciplinary regulation, and a more specific regulation on undesirable behaviour (including sexual undesirable behaviour). We are currently trying to obtain the report and the recommendations from this committee, so that we are as well prepared as possible if something ever happens.

The general meeting was closed with a positive note: A look back on the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. The two national team leaders of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, reported on the experiences in Pyeonchang, from the achieved results to points of improvement for the future. All was concluded with two beautiful retrospective videos.

It was very special to be present at a presentation like this, especially when you realise that the people in this room are ultimately responsible for almost all sports within the Netherlands. From the local club teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. And hopefully, somewhere in the upcoming years, board members of Quidditch Netherlands will be present in this room not only as general interested parties, but as official members. That is what gives us #zinindetoekomst.

Team Spotlight: Rotterdam Ravens

From Rotterdam, the city best known for its inhabitants directness and its (some may say harsh) grey modern physique hail the Ravens. The first team in the Netherlands with a name that doesn’t reference Harry Potter or a fantasy creature, they came onto the scene in 2016 and quickly proved that they would not be easily cast aside.

Which three keywords would you use to describe your team, and why?
“Mean green killing machine (if we count killing machine as one word it works right?)”

How did the team start?
“A quidditch team in Rotterdam had been a long time in the making. Former QNL president Jerona van der Gevel had been wanting to start a team in her city for almost two years but hadn’t been able to find the time. Breaking away from QNL work and meeting up with enthusiastic newcomer Samantha van den Heuvel, the ball really started to get rolling when quidditch veteran Arjen van Assem announced he would be moving to Rotterdam for his studies. Not even two months later they kicked their plans into action and the Rotterdam Ravens became a force to be reckoned with.”

What is the most important motto for your team?
“Ravens don’t forfeit. Or translated into Dutch: niet lullen maar poetsen.”

What non Dutch team do you really like?
“The Bruges Bridgebacks. We loved them so much, we adopted them.”

Want to meet the team?
The Rotterdam Ravens have weekly practices on Thursday at Sportplaza Zuiderpark in Rotterdam starting at 18.00. You can also find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RotterdamRavens/

 

 

Looking Back at EQC2018

Now that everyone is safely back home and properly rested again, time for us to look back at an amazing European Quidditch Cup 2018 this past weekend!

As the sole Dutch team attending, our national hopes were on the North Sea Nargles. Sadly, they lost all of their games on the European stage, but with several key players were missing, and their roster having quite a share of newer places, the focus was on gaining (international) experience and hopefully make some international friends in the process. It is safe to say that these goals were reached easily!

Next year, Quidditch Europe is introducing a new system for the European Quidditch Cup, in which the event is divided into two divisions. Based on the performance of the Dutch teams over the last few years, Quidditch Nederland has been put into Division 2. We are looking forward to a new and improved European Quidditch Cup next season, and are excited about what the future might bring.

The Nargles were not the only Dutchies to be working up a sweat at the tournament! The Netherlands once again brought various highly motivated volunteers and officials: 6 referees, 2 snitches, and 2 livestream volunteers spent their weekend helping to make EQC2018 the event it was. Three of these we would like to give some special mentions to:

First, our membership director Annemieke Drost, who has clearly found her new passion in quidditch livestreams. Annemieke spent the past few months helping Toni Zimpel and the Ruhr Phoenix livestream team prepare for the massive undertaking of livestreaming EQC with two cameras (regular view and snitch cam), a moderated chatroom, various commentators, and even interviews. Operating the main camera for over half of the event, she was certainly an important part of this year’s livestream.

Next, Max van Veen, who stepped up to volunteer as a Snitch at EQC2018. At his first international tournament in the role of Snitch, he managed some impressive performances against the various teams, and certainly left an impression on the attending teams. Special congratulations are also in order for managing to last 16 minutes in his very first game of the weekend, reaching his last handicap!

Lastly, our vice president Chula Bruggeling, once more gave an impressive showing as not only a referee but general support to the event. Officiating a whopping 13 games over the weekend, 10 of which as a Head Referee, apparently wasn’t all she did last weekend; she could also be found from 5am to late into the evening helping out the committee tirelessly!

Quidditch events cannot happen without volunteers, and we’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all Dutch volunteers who helped make EQC2018 a resounding success. As an NGB, we are proud of our Dutch tradition of volunteering abroad in large numbers, and hope to see this continue for many years still.

Last but not least, we want to extend our congratulations to ex-QNL member Adrienne Robert-Vassy and her current team, Titans Paris, for their gold medals. Congratulations on your third European title, Titans!

Team Spotlight: North Sea Nargles

Credits: YV photography

This spring every team will get their time to shine in the QNL Team Spotlight, and what better team to start with than the one representing the Netherlands at EQC 2018: the North Sea Nargles!

The North Sea Nargles is a team known for their tendency to be unable to break the gender rule on most match days, and for being located in not one, but two cities. Home to some of the best seekers of the country, and one of the oldest teams in the Netherlands, the Nargles are a team to look out for! We spoke with their president and captain Charlie Hölscher. 

When and how did the team get started? 

In April 2014 at Elfia Haarzuilens, there was a  introduction tournament organised by the predecessor of QNL, MQN (Muggle Quidditch Nederland). This is where Dutch quidditch really kickstarted, leading to the beginning of the Nargles. Some people were really eager to start a team after this tournament, en thus the Amsterdragons in Amsterdam was born. At the end of summer 2014, there was interest for a team to start up in Leiden. This team was called the Leiden Portkeys. EQC 2015 was approaching and the Netherlands gottwo spots: one for the Wageningen Werewolves and one for another Dutch team. Since neither the Amsterdragons nor the Leiden Portkeys had enough members to go to the tournament, and there were already a lot of overlapping players, a new team was created uniting players from both cities. Thus, the North Sea Nargles was born!

How did you come up with the team name? What about the logo?

The team name was chosen by democratic vote at our founding party. Several other names were considered (amongst which something monstrous including cheese… we try to forget) but North Sea Nargles came out on top. We didn’t want to pick a city name since we’re spread over two cities, so we figured, in this part of the country you’re bound to be near the sea. The logo was designed by our own wonderful Noah, who spent so much time perfecting a wave-themed visual that afterwards his head must have felt like it was full of Nargles..

What celebrity do you think would fit right in the team? Why?

Hannah Hart! She is a queer dork who loves puns and general good fun, need we say more?

Credits: YV photography
Credits: YV photography

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

Announcement EQCQ committee

The committee has been active for a few weeks already, so we felt it was finally time to announce who will be making the Dutch EQC qualifiers possible for you this season. We present to you our full board commitee:

Twan Elting – Tournament Director
Chula Bruggeling – Gameplay Director & Volunteer Coordinator
Joel Noah Vissenberg – PR Coordinator

See you on the pitch!