Quidditch Nederland, formerly known as Muggle Quidditch Nederland, is the official governing body of the sport quidditch in the Netherlands, and affiliated with the International Quidditch Association and its European Committee. Quidditch is a sport which combines elements of handball, dodgeball, and rugby, and is derived from the fictional sport of the same name from the Harry Potter series. Its current president is Chula Bruggeling, and the Vice-President is Robin Mier. Quidditch Nederland, then Muggle Quidditch Nederland, was founded in 2014 by Jerona van der Gevel and Bram Vries as part of Quidditch Benelux.
QNL discussion began before and during the 2014 IQA European Championships where ideas from Belgium Muggle Quidditch were shared. Earlier that year, WizardWear had planned a Harry Potter-themed Quidditch tournament at the Netherlands’ largest fantasy fair, Elfia. Through a series of discussions with WizardWear staff and QNL heads, it was decided that instead of a series of cosplay Quidditch matches, Elfia would include a fantasy tournament, invited quidditch players and non-quidditch players alike to sign up. Only one team was an official team: the Deurne Dodo’s, whereas the other teams consisted of players from Belgium bottle with glass, the UK and France as well as from across the Netherlands. After the two-day tournament, where the Dodo’s won with the fantasy black team coming into a close second place, interested parties came together to plan the creation of teams in Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Utrecht amongst other cities. Currently, there are about four active teams in the Netherlands, overseen by Quidditch Nederland, with another three to six in the process of creation glass bpa free water bottles. As of June 1, 2014, Quidditch Nederland began its transition to a nonprofit with the opening of applications for its executive and administrative staff.
QNL’s day-to-day governance is handled by the QNL Board, which is elected by its membership. The board consists of at least four individuals reusable bpa free water bottles, containing at least a President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Furthermore, the Secretary, Treasurer, or one of the other boardmembers will be named Vice-President.
The President additionally holds seats on the International Quidditch Association’s Congress insulated drink bottle, as well as seats in the IQA’s European Committee (also known as Quidditch Europe).
The Netherlands organises several quidditch tournaments of varying scales, and participates in multiple international tournaments.
The main tournament of the season is the Dutch Quidditch Cup, in which QNL teams face each other to compete for the Dutch title. Over the years, the date of the tournament within the season has moved around, from November in the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 season to January in the 2016/2017 season. As an organisation, Quidditch Nederland has not yet set a formalised, structural date at which the tournament is supposed to be held.
The 2016/2017 season saw the creation of the Dutch Quidditch League, an attempt to create a more formalised, season-long competitive structure. Interested QNL teams sign up for the league at the start of the season, and will meet each other several times over the course of the season, culminating in a season-wide ranking at the end based on all games played.
In 2016 the first Open Dutch Summer Cup was held in Utrecht. The tournament is open to official teams from both the Netherlands and abroad, as well as unofficial and so-called merc teams (teams consisting of players not formally part of the same team).
The Benelux Cup made its debut in the 2014/2015 season with the introduction of the new IQA. It is a yearly event that features teams from Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. The event was originally meant as the culminating tournament for the Benelux League, the competitive season shared amongst Quidditch Nederland (then Muggle Quidditch Nederland), the Belgian Quidditch Federation (then Belgium Muggle Quidditch) and Luxembourg Muggle Quidditch.
As an official member of Quidditch Europe and the International Quidditch Association, Quidditch Nederland participates in several major international tournaments: the European Quidditch Cup for club teams, and the European Games and IQA World Cup for national teams.
The Netherlands first attended the European Quidditch Cup on 18–19 April 2015 in Oxford, UK, represented by the North Sea Nargles and the Wageningen Werewolves.
The Dutch national quidditch team, nicknamed the Flying Dutchmen, has attended the European Games since its inaugual event on 25–26 July 2015 in Sarteano, Italy. It has attended the IQA World Cup since its rebranding under the current name on 23–24 July 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.
QNL first tournament was a fantasy tournament held during Elfia, the Netherlands’ biggest fantasy fair, on April 20 and 21, 2014. It featured players from France, Germany, the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Recently, there were an expansion events throughout the Netherlands during May and June 2014 where open practices and scrimmages were held.
Teams in the Netherlands pay a yearly subscription fee to QNL to be official. Currently, the competitive teams within the country are:
Official developing teams within the country are:
There are also interested parties trying to set up teams in Maastricht and Nijmegen.
Besides club teams, QNL also hosts a national team, nicknamed the Flying Dutchmen. The team made its debut at the 2014 European Games in Sarteano, Italy. The team trains from roughly February until that seasons main international tournament, which is either the IQA World Cup or the European Games, depending on the year. Players can be scouted and invited to join by the team’s coaches during the previous months.
International Quidditch Association