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Muggle Students Play Quidditch in Wales

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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Posted by floridianhp*ROAR* on April 11, 2009, 12:51 PM report to moderator
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Hehe I admire them :)

Posted by Happy_Orange on April 11, 2009, 08:43 PM report to moderator
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that’s cool!

Posted by chocolaterabbits on April 12, 2009, 10:56 AM report to moderator
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This is awesome. I wish they would play it at my school. :p

Posted by on April 12, 2009, 10:56 AM report to moderator
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Damn, I want to be under 16 again and go to school there. xD

Posted by Serpensortia [FTC!] on April 12, 2009, 11:44 AM report to moderator
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This = beyond awesome! I wish we had had Quidditch at my elementary school.

Posted by choirgeek on April 16, 2009, 10:07 PM report to moderator
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Im playing that in gym in two weeks, once fitness testing is done retch
Even though my gym teacher has never read Harry Potter… Hes missing out…

Posted by Nagini1025 on November 16, 2009, 06:44 PM report to moderator
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