Quidditch is coming to the U.K. this summer! Following the announcement of the U.K. games in the State of the League Address, the IQA has been busy making initial contacts, recruiting supporters, and developing plans. Here are some details regarding what players and fans might be able to expect.
The IQA has successfully connected with two groups in London that are interested in collaborating with the IQA on organizing two events, one in the U.K. leading up to the Olympics, and one in London during the Olympics. Both of these discussions are still pending, so details will not be released yet. If both events will take place, the first event will be a local preview to build buzz for the second, larger event to take place during the Olympics. The IQA is also applying for park space in London as a reserve location.
The primary goal of the U.K Summer Games is to raise global awareness about quidditch as a new, exciting sport by capitalizing on international media attention surrounding the 2012 Summer Olympics. The IQA has connected with teams in the U.K. and the QUK — a new association of quidditch teams in the U.K. area — and will be working with these groups to promote and organize the matches. The IQA has also selected the members of the first organizing team, and built up a list of members for general support.
The athletes playing in the games will be selected by the event organization committee. The players will be individually selected based upon quidditch experience and athleticism, and they will be wearing jerseys specially designed for the event incorporating their national colors. All teams will play using the best quidditch equipment available.
The organizing team has decided that it will be easier to raise funds for the U.S. team to travel after the players are selected, this way the athletes can be involved with fundraising: reaching out to their friends, peers, family, colleagues, alumni networks, etc. The players and teams will also have use of the IQA’s fundraising program to ensure that their team can travel to London for the summer games. Accommodations will be worked out with local teams, so that the bulk of fundraising will be dedicated to covering airfare, equipment, and field permits if necessary.
Calls for player nominations (including self-nominations) for Team U.S.A. will be announced shortly. Additionally, invitations are going out now to other European and international teams. International teams will primarily be responsible for their own fundraising, but will receive IQA assistance where possible.
The U.K. Summer Games Organizing team thus far comprises:
Team head: Karen Kumaki
Founder and former treasurer of the McGill University quidditch team, currently completing her master’s degree in London.
U.S. team coordinator: Luke Zak
IQA Midwest Regional Director, founder of the University of Minnesota team, and founder of one of the U.K.’s quidditch teams during his study abroad program in the U.K.
U.K. team coordinator: Robert Barringer
Assistant coach of the Keele University quidditch team and founder of the QUK networking group.
Andrea Hill, IQA International Director
Katherine Booth, IQA Advisor
Chaya Coppersmith, World Cup V site-volunteer
Leah Farrar, IQA PR & Editorial Director
Alex Benepe, IQA Commissioner
POSITIONS TO BE FILLED:
The IQA is still looking for people to organize a quidditch match in London, England right before the Olympics. Though many very exceptional and qualified people have already applied, the IQA is looking for more candidates who will be based in the U.K. for the next six months. Ideal candidates are university students or other individuals with the flexibility to perform some tasks during regular business hours.
The following positions remain open:
Public relations director
- Promote the event amongst mainstream media throughout the U.K.
- Promote the event through campus papers throughout the U.K.
- Work with local bloggers and fandom networks to promote the event.
- Inform local schools and community leagues about the event.
- Work with city or other officials to book field space
- Oversee booking of sound systems
- Oversee painting of fields
- Oversee booking of chairs and tables
- Oversee field set up on the day of the event
- Contact local companies and organizations to seek sponsorship
- Brainstorm creative ways to generate revenue prior to the event
- Oversee recruitment, training and scheduling of referees and scorekeepers
- Oversee recruitment, training and scheduling of commentators
Interested individuals should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day on Thu.Mar. 1.
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