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Press Release
4 May 2018

Reading Rockets has today announced that its Division 1 Head Coach, Manuel Peña Garcés, is to leave the club by mutual agreement.

The Spaniard has been at the helm for five years and parts company with the club on good terms.

Rockets most recently reached the semi-finals of the National Basketball League Division 1, where they lost to Hemel Storm.

Reading Rockets Chairman, Gary Johnson, has thanked Peña Garcés for his contribution to the club over the past five seasons: “We part company with Manuel on good terms having enjoyed five solid seasons working together. This has been a mutual decision and we wish him all the best for the future.”

Peña Garcés will remain under contract until the end of July, and reflects on five positive years with the Rockets: We are finishing something really positive this summer and I’m not yet thinking about the future. Thanks to the club, staff, players, supporters and volunteers for making these past five years such a great time. I wish everyone associated with the Rockets all the best.”

Reading Rockets is embarking on an off-season of regroup and growth as it prepares for the exciting next chapter of its 21-year history.

Johnson continued: “The vision for Reading Rockets is very clear: to attain British Basketball League status, and we will now set out a renewed direction for the club, both technically and operationally, to allow us to fulfil this aspiration. Rockets turns 21 in 2018, which is heralding a new era for the club.”

One of the Rockets priority items is to find a permanent venue that meets BBL’s stringent franchise stipulations. That can only be achieved with the support from benefactors, government and the community to identify opportunities and raise the necessary funds to make the Rockets BBL vision a reality.

“We recognise the hurdles we have to overcome, which lie most urgently and importantly in finding a permanent home for the Reading Rockets,” concluded Gary Johnson. “Only from such a venue, can we truly showcase basketball in our region in a representative manner, fitting of BBL status. There is a lot of work to do, but we remain committed to meet our ambitious goals and to put Reading on the international basketball map.”

For more information about Reading Rockets, please contact:
Chris Hughes – 07917 352511