Youth Physical Activity
It’s very important for kids to be active and for adults to support this activity. Regular physical activity helps to improve strength and endurance, reduce stress and anxiety, boost self-esteem, build muscles and healthy bones, control weight, and improve overall health. If children can pick up healthy habits now, they can carry the habits with them into a healthy adult life.
The Kidditch Team within the development department focuses on youth quidditch because kids are the future. When introducing quidditch to high school and college students, they already have preconceived notions of what a sport should be. These notions generally make handling a broom awkward for the first few times. However, when quidditch is introduced to children, they jump right on the broom and head off to play like it’s the most natural thing. If we can start every player young, by the time they’re in high school and college, they’ll be playing like pros!
In recent years, the quidditch community has started including little kids more and more in the sport. Teams have reached kids with summer camps, kidditch workshops, and after-school programs. Other teams have been invited to birthday parties to teach quidditch. Organizations such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Boys and Girls Clubs have paired up with teams to introduce the youth to quidditch.
More specific information on starting a team or establishing youth quidditch programs can be found here.