Quidditch comes to Backwell School

PUBLISHED: 17:51 27 March 2019 | UPDATED: 17:51 27 March 2019

Quidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Quidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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The wizarding world came to a Backwell school on Sunday as teams playing Quidditch took to the playing field.

Quidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONQuidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Bristol Quidditch Club, a joint venture between Bristol University and The University of West England, are using Backwell School’s field to train for the British Quidditch Cup which will be held in Newcastle, on April 9.

The team founded in 2014, originally called The Brizzlepuffs, comprises of two teams the Bears and the Bees.

The sport, which originally featured in J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, came to the muggle world in 2005, starting with games being played in America, and quickly spread around the globe, with both national leagues and even a world championship.

The game, one of the few full contact sports played with mixed teams, sees two teams of seven attempt to score the most points by throwing a ball through hoops at the end of the hockey sized pitch while staying on their brooms, represented by a 1.2m long stick which players must keep between their legs.

Quidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONQuidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Quidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONQuidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Quidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONQuidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

Quidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School.    

Picture: MARK ATHERTONQuidditch teams practice match and training at Backwell School. Picture: MARK ATHERTON

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