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Muggle Students Play Quidditch in Wales

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Posted by: Edward
April 06, 2009, 04:08 PM

Students of the Ferndale Comprehensive School in Rhondda Cynon Taf, South Wales have the added benefit of a little magic to their physical education program with the inclusion of a muggle form of Quidditch into their sports activities.  The Guardian is reporting that a version of the game is being played at the school with the "absence of broomsticks and bewitched balls, [as well as a] 'seeker,'" and is more of a "cross between dodgeball and handball."  Seven year old Keiron Port says this of the sport now being played at his school:

"Quidditch is a good fun game, it is fast and has lots of exciting moments. My favourite position has got to be the chaser, I like it because you get to score most of your team's goals."
The paper goes on to report that addition of Quidditch at the school is part of a"5x60 programme" that insures secondary school students in Wales receive at least one hour of exercise five times a week.  James Vale, a PE teacher at the Ferndale Comprehensive School, notes that the wizarding game is beneficial to the students because "players are always on the go unlike in other sports where players are sometimes not really involved in the game" due to the constant threat of bludgers.  This Welsh assembly government initiative to get children active in new and different sports began in 2006, and has been implemented in "98% of secondary schools across Wales and is expected to encompass all schools in the country by the end of the financial year."

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97 Comments

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thats so cool!

Posted by JustZoe »ROAR« on April 07, 2009, 01:00 PM report to moderator
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I like it when they try new things. It sounds really exciting.

Posted by Melinae ♥Squee♥/Professor Truffle on April 07, 2009, 01:19 PM report to moderator
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sounds like good fun, but it just can’t be done. i think helicopters are needed to make it work.

Posted by prof mewthree "squee" on April 07, 2009, 01:22 PM report to moderator
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I’d love to have quidditch locally

Posted by Hagrid 713 (ROAR) on April 07, 2009, 01:39 PM report to moderator
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Wonder how the bludger’s work?

Posted by Cool G on April 07, 2009, 01:50 PM report to moderator
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I’ve played quidditch with my local HP group and it’s really fun! And to any of the college-age people. I’ve heard of an inter-collegiate quidditch league. I don’t know much more about it but you should look into it if you’re interested

Posted by Nylota on April 07, 2009, 02:21 PM report to moderator
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This sounds like so much fun!
But it says Keiron is in Year 7, meaning he’s 11 or 12, not 7.

Posted by LunaLovesPudding on April 07, 2009, 03:12 PM report to moderator
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i wish enough big HP fans lived around me so i could play a game of quidditch!!!! it would be so FUN!!!! and since i can’t go to the convention, but i MAT be going to pottercast in detroit!!!! knock on wood i still have a lot of details to work out!!!

Posted by weasleyalltheway(rrooaarr!) on April 07, 2009, 03:32 PM report to moderator
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3031 Points

If only there was a way to get the snitch in there some how. They need to make another Quidditch game for PS3 or Wii.

Posted by Horcruxalej on April 07, 2009, 03:35 PM report to moderator
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Awesome!

Posted by Kneazle1 on April 07, 2009, 04:02 PM report to moderator
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now that would have been fantastic to play at school, trust the welsh!!!

Posted by Snunkiebrian (Gold Marauder46) on April 07, 2009, 04:40 PM report to moderator
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If we had Quidditch at my high school, I might have stayed in PE just for that… Instead the only exercise I get is walking home from school…

Posted by Jennie Rae Urban on April 07, 2009, 04:43 PM report to moderator
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Omg that is so cool!!!!!!

Posted by QuidditchCaptain on April 07, 2009, 04:57 PM report to moderator
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AWESOME! i should email this to my school !

Posted by LoSushi! [[ ROAR ]] on April 07, 2009, 07:17 PM report to moderator
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I have heard about it on college campuses… unfortunately not mine. I would love to play but is it just me, or does it seem a little sad without broomsticks and a seeker??

Posted by Alice Weasley{Weasley's Queen} [ROAR!] on April 07, 2009, 08:40 PM report to moderator
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