Loreto Preparatory School was transformed into Hogwarts when young Harry Potter fans enjoyed their own Quidditch championships.
One of the U.K.'s fastest growing sports, Quidditch now has a national league and is played across universities worldwide, but Loreto Prep on Dunham Road, Altrincham, wanted to give all their girls from the age of 7 to 11 a taster at primary level.
Based on J.K. Rowling's flight of fancy, Joe Gibbons from Enhance Education, which offers taster sessions to schools across the U.K., described the multi-faceted game, “We don't fly because we haven't developed the technology yet, but after that there are many similarities with the imaginary version first described in the books. It's pretty much a combination of rugby, dodge ball and basketball, though at primary level we play a tag version rather than the full contact sport played by older age groups.”
He added: “The object is to score through one of three hoops, but like Lacrosse you can play in front and also behind the hoops. The chasers try to score the goals, but they can be put out of the game by the beaters who throw soft balls at them.”
He continued: “Then there are the seekers, who try to catch the Snitch, played at Loreto by a teacher, who can appear at any time through the game and that's an additional 50 points and so it goes.”
Jan Brett, Loreto Preparatory School's : “Our girls absolutely loved the game. It's infectious and like nothing they have ever tried before, with a set of inventive rules based on the books they love and enjoy. More importantly from a physical education perspective, it involves running, throwing, aiming and collaborative team work and every child has a chance to participate and shine.”