Macarthur quidditch team to host magical charity day

Bright idea: The Macarthur Weasleys will join the Pink Up Campbelltown campaign with a charity quidditch event on October 26.

Bright idea: The Macarthur Weasleys will join the Pink Up Campbelltown campaign with a charity quidditch event on October 26.

If you've ever dreamed of soaring around quidditch pitch just like Harry Potter, the Macarthur Weasleys are offering the next best thing.

The team of local quidditch players are hosting a charity fun day on October 26 to raise funds for McGrath Foundation as a part of the Pink Up Campbelltown campaign.

Weasleys co-founder Arfy Papadam said this was the first time the team had hosted an event like this.

"We wanted to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation and have a bit of fun while we're doing it," he said.

"It's a really fun sport - especially for people who aren't interested in traditional sports.

"The Harry Potter link is the gateway for people to come and give this sport a go."

The charity fun day will be held on the Campbelltown City Library lawn from 10am to 2pm.

The all ages event will be a chance for people to participate in a training session to learn some quidditch skills and then play in a tournament.

Individual entry is $15 or $10 for the children's session at noon and for a team of eight to 12 people it is $120.

Attendees will also need to bring gold coins to compete in mini-challenges on the day.

Mr Papadam said some of the Weasleys' champion players would be on deck to pass on their knowledge to quidditch newbies.

Arfy Papadam

Arfy Papadam

"When people think of quidditch they think of us running around looking silly with brooms between our legs," he said.

"But quidditch is actually quite a rough sport.

"It's full contact so you can tackle or hit other players quite hard. But at the charity day we'll be running a couple of friendly games that we've modified similar to touch football so that everyone can play.

"We'll have some of our best players on deck to help people out as well."

The Macarthur Weasleys are the region's main quidditch team.

They were recently named minor premiers in division two of the NSW Quidditch League.

Mr Papadum said the magical sport was ideal for people of all ages and fitness levels.

"It's a great sport whether you love Harry Potter or not and anyone can give it a go," he said,

"Each position is different and fun - you have the beaters and catchers, of course.

"And for the seekers, The Golden Snitch is actually a person with an Oz-tag tag on them that the seeker has to catch to win 30 points and end the game."

Mr Pappadum encouraged everyone to attend the event and support a good cause.

"It's going to be a really fun day and a chance to take part in a new experience," he said.

"It's a chance to meet new people and make new friends as well. quidditch is a lot of fun."