99 problems but a snitch ain’t one: learn to play quidditch at UWA

Harry Potter Society players in action.
Harry Potter Society players in action.

IT’S not quite the same as it is at Hogwarts, but teenagers can learn to catch the snitch and throw the quaffle as part of quidditch lessons on offer at UWA in July.

The UWA Harry Potter society runs weekly classes in the pastime adapted from books and will extend lessons to teenagers next month through UWA Sport’s school holiday program.

President Laney Kunum said quidditch lessons and volunteering work were major components of the society’s membership.

“UWA Sport has a holiday program in term 2 and we’re facilitating quidditch lessons for those kids,” Ms Kunum said.

“We’ve also done outreach and mentoring programs where we bring kids from low-socio economic areas and give them quidditch lessons.”

Quidditch at UWA.

Ms Kunum said up to 50 people attended weekly lessons last year when it was free but there was now a fee to hire out Riley Oval at UWA for the regular Wednesday night sessions.

“Quidditch is offered as a social sport before we can think about having a team to compete in quidditch league,” she said.

“We’re trying to fundraise so we can buy our own equipment and don’t have to charge.

“There’s no deadline to sign up, you can just show up and pay on the night.”

WHAT: Teen Sports Winter Holiday Program
WHO: Students aged 13-17
WHEN: July 2-6
WHERE: Riley Oval, UWA Crawley campus.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/uwasports/

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