Quidditch in Spain

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The quidditch is a sport created in 2005 in Middlebury, Vermont, United States from the Quidditch of the novels of Harry Potter. It did not get to Spain until the year 2012. Nowadays there are near to 16 teams all over the country.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Quidditch has its roots in the fictional Harry Potter sport of the same name, however to denote the difference, the fictional sport uses the capitalised "Quidditch" whereas the sport played as per the IQA rules uses the uncapitalised "quidditch". The sport was created in 2005 at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont by Xander Manshel and Alex Benepe, who later became the first commissioner of quidditch.[1] It has grown into its own separate and distinct sport after seven[2] publications of rulebooks.[3]

2012 - Quidditch reaches Spain[edit]

In 2012 Raquel Carrasco, from Madrid, discovered the US Quidditch Cup, as well as the International Quidditch Association that coordinated the sport all over the world, so she decided to create his own team, Madrid Lynx. She worked alone until, in 2013, the Barcelona Eagles and the Dementores from A Coruña arrived. There also appeared some small teams, specially near Barcelona and Madrid, but they did not live long.

2014 - First attempt to create the association[edit]

At the end of 2013 Barcelona Eagles went out for the first time to compete in Europe and, later, took part in the European Quidditch Cup 2014. The growth of the team was remarkable benefited of the proximity with Europe and of the willing the team had to go abroad. However, Madrid Lynx and Dementores did not follow the same philosophy and closed to their own trainings. It was then when the Barcelona Eagles saw the need to create the Spanish association to be able to actively participaty in the decisions that were decided in European level. Sadly, this project had to be postponed.

2014 - Associació de Quidditch de Catalonia[edit]

In autumn 2014 it was announced that an NGB (National Governing Body) would be needed, with its classificatory tournament to attend to the 2015 European Quidditch Cup, which led the Barcelona to again trying the creation of the Spanish NGB. Due to the lack of interest of the other teams of the peninsula and with the creation of two new teams in Catalonia (Wyverns in Barcelona and Nightmare Grims in Tarragona), they decided to create the Associació of Quidditch of Catalonia.

2014-2015 - Expansion[edit]

The great growth of the quidditch arrived since autumn of 2014. New teams appeared state, reaching in less than a year to a greater amount of active teams than the majority of countries of Europe. On the first of March it was played the Catalan Cup, won by the Barcelona Eagles classifying to the 2015 European Quidditch Cup.

2015 - Asociación Quidditch España[edit]

Seeing the increasing growth of teams and players in the country, Spaniards went back to trying to create the NGB. With the help of the mates from the AQC and with players from all over Spain, they created the statutes and gave form to the board.

July 2015 - European Games[edit]

In July 2015 the European Games where hold in Sarteano, Italy. In this tournament both Catalonia and Spain took part, finishing in the 7th and 9th place respectively and serving as a window to show the world the state of the quidditch in the country.

September 2015 - Officially in the IQA[edit]

In the September 2015th congress meeting of the IQA Catalonia was promoted to member league and Spain was officially declared a developing league, waiting to the Spanish Cup to be officially recognized as a member league.

October 2015 and future - AQE and the AQC tournaments[edit]

October has been an active month regarding official news. On 19 October it was announced that the first Spanish Cup will be held celebrate in Rivas-Vaciamadrid in February 2016 and in October 20 it was announced the collaboration of the AQC and the AQE to celebrate the first edition of the Regional Cup, where will play between regional selections in the 12the December in Barcelona .[4]

Teams[edit]

Associació de Quidditch de Catalunya[edit]

Aragon[edit]

  • Zaragoza Imperius Zaragoza (Saragossa)

Catalonia[edit]

  • Barcelona Barcelona Eagles
  • Tarragona Nightmare Grims (Camp Of Tarragona)
  • Barcelona Wyverns (Barcelona)

Asociación Quidditch España[edit]

Andalucia[edit]

  • Jerez de la Frontera Club Jerez Quidditch
  • Málaga Malaka Vikings
  • Seville Sevilla Warriors
  • Granada Thestrals Granada

Community of Madrid[edit]

  • Madrid Madrid Lynx
  • Madrid Madrid Wolves

Valencian community[edit]

  • Valencia Levante Phoenix

Basque Country[edit]

  • Biscay Bizkaia Boggarts
  • Vitoria-Gasteiz Gasteiz Gamusins

Galicia[edit]

  • Galicia (Spain) Dementores (A Coruña)
  • Vigo Lion's Blood (Vigo)
  • Pontevedra Pontevedra Q.C.

Tournaments[edit]

AQC's tournaments[edit]

Copa Catalana
Year Host Champion Score Runner-up
2015 Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona
Barcelona Eagles
130-70* Tarragona
Nightmare Grims

AQE's tournaments[edit]

Spanish Cup
Year Host Champion Score Runner-up
2016 Rivas-Vaciamadrid
Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Madrid

AQC+AQE tournaments[edit]

Cup of Regions
Year Host Champion Score Runner-up
2015 Barcelona
Barcelona

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Plummer, Willis. "Alex Benepe, Quidditch Commissioner, On the Upcoming Quidditch World Cup". Retrieved 2015-09-29.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 21, 2013. Retrieved July 23, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Get the Rules - International Quidditch Association". Internationalquidditch.org. Archived from the original on 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2013-06-24.
  4. ^ «La primera Copa de España de quidditch se celebrará en febrero en Rivas-Vaciamadrid.

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