Category: Community

Reading Rockets announce new partnership with Secure Media Services

The Reading Rockets are delighted to announce a new partnership with Secure Media Services who will be supporting our NBL Division 1 Men in 2019-2020 season. Secure Media Services offer a range of logistic solutions with a focus on flexible, customer centric experiences.

The Reading based company that operates worldwide, has supported the family club for a number of years but decided to take the step into sponsorship for the current season. Reading Rockets owner Gary Johnson said “We’re extremely grateful for the support of Jamie and his company, Secure Media Services. After a few meetings he could see our vision over the next 3 years and the strides we’ve made off the court with our league leading live stream and increased presence in the digital space.” Gary went on to say “External sponsorship is vital for the longevity and planned growth of our club over the next few seasons and we feel local businesses, like Jamie’s Secure Media Services, are brilliantly aligned in terms of outlook, culture, and drive.”

Jamie Ward, who is the founder and owner of Secure Media Services, is preparing for a busy period with Black Friday and Christmas approaching, believes the partnership truly benefits both organisations “The work The Rockets do in the community, as well as their impeccable reputation around Reading and the UK made partnering easy”. He also commented on the potential exposure his company can see through this sponsorship “Reading Rockets have significant followings across the social media platforms as well as a live stream that can sees thousands of views each game which can only benefit the visibility of SMS”.

You can see the Secure Media Services logo printed on the home kit shorts as well as their banners at all Rockets games.

Please be sure to visit to see how they can help with any of your personal or business logistics…And be sure to say hello to Jamie at home games!

SEN Camp and Special Olympics

February half term saw the Reading Rockets run their first ever SEN Basketball camp.

The club’s programme for  children with special educational needs has grown and grown over the past 12 months with coaching in 7 local special needs schools and 2 weekly Satellite clubs.

The programme is run by experienced coaches who all have a vast amount of coaching experience in this area and for some have also completed academic courses in Autism awareness, inclusive coaching and SEN teaching.

The club is now working closely with Special Olympics GB to increase the opportunity local youngsters have to access the special Olympics pathway and compete locally, nationally and also internationally. Steph Johnson who is head of Rockets SEN Programme was delighted that the club was able to offer their first SEN basketball camp.

“ This has been something that has been in our planning for the last 12 months and we were actually able to deliver it earlier than planned due to the huge amount of young people we were delivering basketball too throughout the school term. Another motivation behind it was I became aware of how little there is on offer during school holidays for children with additional needs as many clubs break for the holidays. I felt we could fill a much needed gap and I’m looking forward to an SEN Camp being a regular fixture in the club’s holiday programmes in the future. Our thanks go to Berkshire Community Foundation who  provided vital funding which made running our camp a reality, we are extremely grateful for their support”.

For more information on the club’s SEN Programme please contact

Rockets Historic National Cup Finals weekend

Next weekend on Sat 19 and Sun 20th Jan Reading Rockets will travel to Essex University where both their U 18 teams will be challenging for the titles whilst the Rockets Ladies will also be representing the club in the Senior Cup final less than 24 hours later on the same court.

This is the first representation of 3 teams in the National Cup Finals by Rockets in its 21 year history and is a true reflection of the developments of Rockets Academy programme, especially the Girls one as half the Senior Ladies team is comprised of U 18 Academy girls. The Academy programme is overseen by G.B. U 18 Junior Men Head Coach and Commonwealth Assistant Head Coach Alan Keane who’s in his third season at Rockets.

Ladies Head Coach David Sanchez, is thrilled to have the U 18 Girls Head Coach Blai  Benlloch Villagrasa as his assistant and together the Spaniards have made major contributions to the female game in their 3 years with Rockets. With the Junior Men programme also having grown in stature since Keane’s arrival, the future looks very rosy for Rockets. Coach Keane has also got the Senior Men into the National Trophy semi-final stage.

Rockets Ladies reach the National Cup Final

Their coach David Sanchez comments:

From a coach’s perspective it is fantastic to reach a final. This one is my second year as the head coach of the ladies team and we were thirsty to get into a final with these girls. From my point of view, this year was going to be hard, as we have many young girls but they bring lots of energy. The semifinal game was really hard: Anglia Ruskin was fighting until the end and it was a great game to demonstrate the level we can reach this year.  We look forward to preparing for and playing the final.  Both teams have a lot of talent and in my opinion the winner of the game will be the one who maintains their concentration and makes less mistakes.  We feel ready for the challenge and excited to have this chance to bring the trophy to the club.

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Andrea Gomez, one of Rockets’ players says:

The feeling of getting into the finals after defeating an amazing team such as Anglia Ruskin was amazing. We have been working really hard to get to play as we want to and with FAMILY spirit and even though we still have a lot to improve, that game was a reflection of that hard work and TEAM spirit that we have. We all are so excited to be in the final and losing is not in our minds. We want to enjoy and have a game that we all can happily remember.

We have a great team in front of us that plays really well.   I’m sure it’s going to be a really hard game for both sides and the winner will be the one who wants it more. I’m sure each one of us will give the 120% to get that W and enjoy TOGETHER.

It’s always a challenge to play a final, but we feel ready for it.

Rockets Under 18 Girls in the National Cup Final

Looking forward to the game, their coach, Blai Benlloch comments:

“I am really excited and proud of my team for reaching the cup final as I think they deserve to be there after showing a high level of determination and competitiveness in the first part of this season. We can’t wait to play and enjoy the final as it promises to be a very special day!”

Saffie Jarju, one of the team, says:

“Playing in the finals is a huge achievement for us and an exciting experience in our basketball careers. It will give us a chance to play to our full potential and be strong together as a team.”

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Rockets Junior Men in the Under 18 National Cup Final

Ben Fisher is the coach of Rockets Under 18 boys and comments

cid:image001.jpg@01D4A784.2CD84680 “To reach a national final is always such a special achievement and we are all really proud of our guys in being able to achieve this feat. Haringey will be a tough opponent but if we can continue to commit to everything we do and be relentless with everything over the forty minutes then we have a great chance of success through our performance. It promises to be a great weekend for our club and we can’t wait to compete.”

The team’s captain is David Obediah and he says:

“We are all really looking forward to playing in the cup final and for most of us it is the first opportunity to do so. We have been working really hard this season to be the best version of ourselves and in turn be a difficult team to beat. We will go out and give everything against Haringey as we try to put in a performance worthy of a national final and ultimately a win.”