Compare Holiday Money are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring our local quidditch team: the Falmouth Falcons!
The Falmouth Falcons are Cornwall’s oldest and most illustrious quidditch team, dating back to late 2013. This may not sound like a long time, but in a sport with such a meteoric rise to popularity as quidditch, the Falcons are a club with some history. As most people would know, the sport of quidditch began as a fictional entity created by author J.K. Rowling for her series of children’s books, Harry Potter. Rowling infamously designed the sport’s rules to be unbalanced and unsuitable for real life competitive play, as a means of irritating stereotypical sports fans. However, this didn’t deter a group of students at Vermont’s Middlebury College who, in 2006, adapted Rowling’s rules and played the first incarnation of the real life sport.
The game has grown exponentially since then, first arriving in the U.K. in 2012 with the sporting zeitgeist of the London Olympics. Tremough Quidditch Club and the Falmouth Falcons were born during the aftershocks of the Games, the brainchild of Tamara Morriss, Yani Ahmed and Alice Clark, three students based in Falmouth at the time. The Falcons qualified for and attended the European Quidditch Cup in 2015, have been ranked as highly as 7 th in the U.K., and finished last season’s South-West Quidditch League as silver medalists, maintaining their reputation as one of the most competent and respected teams in the southwest. They train every weekend at Falmouth’s Dracaena Centre, and have a squad composed both of students and members of the community.
The Falcons are proud and honoured to have secured a sponsorship deal with CompareHolidayMoney.com this season. This deal has been designed to offset the prohibitive costs of travel to away fixtures for a team based in such a remote location, as well as subsidizing the manufacture of their kit, which will now be emblazoned with the CompareHolidayMoney.com logo. With the backing of their new sponsor, the Falcons will be competing at a number of group/knockout tournaments this season, including Edinburgh’s Highlander Cup, the U.K.’s oldest quidditch tournament, which they won in 2015, the Southern Cup, in Southampton, which will determine qualification for the European Quidditch Cup, and the prestigious British Quidditch Cup, the biggest event of the U.K. quidditch calendar. They will also have regular league fixtures in the South-West Quidditch League, beginning with an away game in Portsmouth at the end of this month.
There are now over 200 competitive quidditch teams in Europe and over 500 in North America, with semi-professional leagues in the U.K. and U.S.A. (the Quidditch Premier League and Major League Quidditch respectively). There is a bi-annual Quidditch World Cup, with the last edition, hosted by Germany, ending with Australia as the world champions. Today, the sport is very far removed from its Harry Potter origins, with many players (myself included) lacking even a passing interest in the source material, instead appreciating the sport for its pace, physicality and tactical depth. But many players still hold onto traces of the sport’s literary roots, and it remains one of the most welcoming sporting communities, the only wholly gender-inclusive full contact sport in the world.