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Madejski Academy player Ali Sbai has been named in the initial Great Britain Men’s Under 20 squad

Reading Rockets are delighted to announce that John Madejski Academy player Ali Sbai has been named in the initial Great Britain Men’s Under 20 squad. The 19 year old has spent the last three seasons with the Rockets which culminated in him playing a leading role in the JMA EABL Under 19s team last term as well as playing an important part in theclub’s NBL Division One Men’s team.

JMA Academy Director Matt Johnson was full of praise for the 6’5 forward. He said,

“We are incredibly proud of Ali and his achievement. He has worked hard on himself on and off the court and deservedly gets this chance after a strong season as one of the younger players in Division 1.
Ali has represented JMA and the Rockets well over the past 3 years and we certainly wish him the best in this next part of his journey.”

Sbai will join up with his team mates after finishing his post season work in Reading on Saturday 24th June as the team prepare for the European Championships in Romania which start three weeks later on 14th July.


2017-2018 – Off-Season Training Dates

Date / Time                                                                     Squad


Monday 5th June – 5.30-7.30pm                                 Under 14 Boys
Monday 5th June – 7.30-9.30pm                                 Under 18 Boys

Tuesday 6th June – 5.30-7.30pm                                 Under 12 Boys
Tuesday 6th June – 8-10pm                                          Back to Basketball

Thursday 8th June – 7-9pm                                           Division 4 Men (with some Division 1)

Friday 9th June – 5.30-7.30pm                                     Under 12/14 Girls
Friday 9th June – 7.30-9.30pm                                     Division 1 Women

Saturday 10th June – 11.30am-1.30pm                     Under 16 Boys
Saturday 10th June – 1.30pm-3.30pm                       Under 16/18 Girls


Monday 12th June – 5.30-7.30pm                                Under 14 Boys
Monday 12th June – 7.30-9.30pm                                Under 18 Boys

Tuesday 13th June – 5.30-7.30pm                                Under 12 Boys
Tuesday 13th June – 8-10pm                                         Back to Basketball

Wednesday 14th June – 6pm                                         JMA Academy Senior Night

Thursday 15th June – 7-9pm                                         Division 4 Men

Friday 16th June – 5.30-7.30pm                                   Under 12/14 Girls
Friday 16th June – 7.30-9.30pm                                   Division 1 Women

Saturday 17th June – 11.30am-1.30pm                     Under 16 Boys
Saturday 17th June – 1.30pm-3.30pm                       Under 16/18 Girls


Monday 19th June – 5.30-7.30pm                              Under 14 Boys
Monday 19th June – 7.30-9.30pm                              Under 18 Boys

Tuesday 20th June – 5.30-7.30pm                             Under 12 Boys
Tuesday 20th June – 8-10pm                                       Back to Basketball

Wednesday 21st June – 7-9pm                                   Division One Men

Thursday 22nd June – 7-9pm                                      Division 4 Men

Friday 23rd June – 5.30-7.30pm                                 Under 12/14 Girls
Friday 23rd June – 7.30-9.30pm                                 Division 1 Women

Saturday 24th June – 11.30am-1.30pm                   Under 16 Boys
Saturday 24th June – 1.30pm-3.30pm                     Under 16/18 Girls


Monday 26th June – 5.30-7.30pm                            Under 14 Boys
Monday 26th June – 7.30-9.30pm                            Under 18 Boys

Tuesday 27th June – 5.30-7.30pm                           Under 12 Boys
Tuesday 27th June – 8-10pm                                     Back to Basketball

Thursday 29th June – 7-9pm                                     Division 4 Men

Friday 30th June – 5.30-7.30pm                              Under 12/14 Girls
Friday 30th June – 7.30-9.30pm                              Division 1 Women

Saturday 1st July – 11.30am-1.30pm                     Under 16 Boys
Saturday 1st July – 1.30pm-3.30pm                       Under 16/18 Girls

Spalding NBL MVP Award 2016/17 Voting Now Open!

After a flurry of activity and voting from clubs across the NBL, a shortlist has now been drawn up in D1M, D1W and D2M so that players and fans can have their say on the outcome of the Spalding MVP Awards 2016/17 in those divisions.

We are grateful to Spalding for once again sponsoring these awards, meaning winners will be presented with a commemorative glass plaque as well as a Spalding #TrueBelievers goody bag!

The voting is available through our NBL Facebook page. You can access it from the following link: https://www.facebook.com/NBLengland/

All polls will remain open until 9am on Wednesday 19th April and we will be announcing the winners of each award from across the NBL (including D3 and D4) on Thursday 20th April. Those announcements will be placed on our website and social media channels so be sure to follow our accounts using the links below!

For the NBL Facebook page, click HERE!
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Big surprise this Sunday!

This Sunday we have the dance group Messy Jam performing at half time at the Division 1 Men’s game. They are well known for their three crews, which won places to compete in the European Street Dance Championships in Paris and Germany.

For this Sunday they are going to bring two crews, Mayhem (under 14 years’ intermediate crew) and Blackout (over 9 intermediate crew).

Both crews are very experienced dancers. Some of the dancers formed part of the Elite Squad Royalz crew that went to the semi-finals of Britain’s got talent. Both crews are 1st place winners of 2017 British street dance Championships. Many have competed abroad and recently danced in a music video for DreamWorks TV.

So get down to Rivermead this Sunday and see these 2 amazing crews in action.