Category: Initiatives

Literacy and A Love of Reading

Literacy, A Love of Reading, and Quidditch

The successful adaptation of a magical, fictional sport into a highly competitive game is unique to quidditch. This foundation has ensured literacy promotion as an integral part of our organization. Regardless of sporting experience, literacy provides power, agency, and opportunity. Beyond that, a fostered love of reading is a gateway to countless worlds, ideas, and passions that one might otherwise never experience. We have seen firsthand the power books have to change the lives of individuals around the world, and we believe that every young person should have the opportunity and the encouragement to pick up not just a broom, but also a book. We are therefore dedicated to providing as many chances for both as possible. Through our member leagues, players, and fans, we work to provide young people around the world with books, and to support their interest in the written word.

The International Quidditch Association’s dedication to literacy is making a difference on a regular basis in the lives of children and adults internationally.

If you are interested in finding out more about our work on literacy-related issues, contact us.

Development

Development

Quidditch positively impacts thousands of players worldwide.

Since 2005, quidditch has spread rapidly and is now played on every continent except Antarctica. From well-established leagues representing hundreds of competitive teams to places where people are playing with their friends for the first time, from childhood and teenage teams to adult recreational leagues, our sport is a diverse and developing entity. That development sustains our sport in the long-term, ensures opportunities for varied competitive play, and most importantly offers new players and fans a chance to participate in our unique brand of magic. We are dedicated to continuing and expanding the sport’s growth by directly supporting it around the world with real, practical assistance.

Gender Inclusivity

Gender Equality and Quidditch

Quidditch is a full-contact, gender inclusive sport.

The International Quidditch Association is very proud of this fact. We believe the opportunity for people of all genders to play together in a highly physical and competitive atmosphere is important because it leads to respect between the athletes, regardless of their gender identity. That respect is incredibly important, both on and off the pitch, and we hope that our sport can be a catalyst for positive change in our world.

Our work to educate our community about sex and gender issues serves to reinforce that in-game experience.

We believe that sport has the potential to empower and enrich the lives of all people, and are proud to provide that opportunity equally to everyone.

The Four-Maximum Rule

Men, women, and non-binary people (people who identify as neither a man or a woman) play side by side on pitch in our very physical game. In order to ensure that quidditch maintains this inclusivity, our rules state that there can never be more than four players of the majority gender on the pitch at one time. For example, a team with four self-identified women on the pitch at once cannot have any additional players who identify as women, but must instead have players of another gender (man, trans, agender, etc.) present. Substitutions must follow according to this rule.

Community Impact

For the organization and its players, the gender rule is an intrinsic and essential part of the sport.


“The gender rule makes playing safe for me. I’m trans and genderqueer, two reasons I never know which team to join… so having a non-binary option means I don’t have to choose.”

“I think quidditch is a great step in the right direction. I’ve always felt girls and guys should be on equal playing field, and people have always disagreed with me. I’ve seen people change their mind on the issue just by watching a game, and it’s great to hear people go from saying ‘She’s great, for a girl’ to ‘She’s a great chaser.’ It makes a difference.”

“My understanding of myself as agender has come about recently, and whilst I wouldn’t say quidditch helped in making that happen, had I been involved in a sport which was not as accepting, it may well have been restricted.”

“I really love how it makes the sport inclusive to any and all genders, because of the [four maximum rule]. I’m not transgender or outside of the binary myself, but some of my teammates are, and they feel accepted in the quidditch community because of the gender rule, and that’s important to me too.”