Category: Club Announcements

Rockets launch new mental health & wellness partnership with GoVox

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with GoVox to help us provide mental health and wellbeing support to all our members in the club. This includes all our coaches and players – both men and women from ages U12 all the way to our senior division 1 teams.

GoVox, a leading mental health and wellbeing support organisation, utilises technology to improve happiness and save lives in workplaces, educational institutions, sport and activity clubs. They look to harness people’s willingness to talk and engage honestly online and on social media to generate insights on a person’s wellbeing. Using a quick and simple questionnaire, GoVox gives organisations a space to regularly check-in with their teams, allowing employees and members’ inner thoughts and feelings to be listened to.

Stephanie Johnson, director of community and wellness programmes, is keen to get started with GoVox to help many individuals within our club:

“The Rockets partnership with GoVox will allow us to take that extra step in looking after the athlete as a whole person and checking in with them regularly using online questionnaires to track how they are feeling and for it to create a “happy score” for us to look at. Coaches along with myself can then get a better picture of how players are feeling and not just focussing on their basketball ability. This then allows us to have conversations, check in with players more regularly and in some situations provide further support from external organisations. Players and especially younger players should be enjoying their sport more than anything and we have a responsibility as coaches to ensure our players are happy and our environments promote this.”

We are very excited to launch this new mental health and well-being partnership and initiative.

#EnoughIsEnough

Reading Rockets and British Basketball will be joining the social media boycott in response to the ongoing and sustained discriminatory online hate on social media.  The British Basketball League (BBL), the Women’s Basketball League (WBBL), the National Basketball League (NBL) and Basketball England (BE) are all joining our sporting colleagues across football, rugby, cricket and others in not posting on social media this weekend from 3pm Friday 30 April through Monday 3 May.

Sport has the power to bring all communities together and, as we have experienced through the growth and camaraderie of the British basketball community, social media has the power that allows us to reach and connect with our supporters – as it does for all sports – in immediate and vital ways.

But with that power comes responsibility and the current inaction by social media companies in the face of relentless hateful and abusive attacks by cowards protected by this very inaction is inexcusable.

No one should be subject to the kind of harassment and abuse that we have seen people experience. It goes against every tenet of basic human decency and we join the calls for social media companies to do more and for the UK government to ensure the Online Safety Bill gives sufficient powers to Ofcom to ensure social media companies can be held to account should they continue to fail in their responsibilities.

Reading Rockets along with the rest of British Basketball will not post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for the duration of the boycott period from 3pm on Friday April 30 until 11:59pm on Monday May 3. Comments will be switched off in our game versus Cardiff Met. Archers on Saturday.

#EnoughIsEnough

Marketing & Communications Internship Opportunity

We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and ambitious intern to join the dynamic team at Reading Rockets. This exciting role will develop your knowledge and skills in marketing, gaining valuable experience working within a professional sports organisation. You will put your academic talents into practice and engage with the teams across the company, specifically within marketing, brand management and media.

Responsibilities 

  • Formulate marketing campaigns to help attract sponsors and recruit players
  • Ensure brand consistency in marketing and social media assets
  • Supporting the team on their day-to-day activities

Desired Skills (but not essential)

  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Organisational skills with the capacity to prioritise and work across multiple projects
  • Excellent teamwork and networking skills
  • Sport enthusiast

Salary: N/A as this is a voluntary position

About the Company

The Reading Rockets have been at the fore front of basketball in England for over 20 years. The club provides a wide range of opportunities for participation in the sport and the role will reflect some of these opportunities.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Todd Lindley (todd.lindley@readingrockets.co.uk) or fill out the form below to register your interest.

Content Creator Internship Opportunity

We are looking for a talented, enthusiastic and ambitious intern to join the innovative media team at Reading Rockets. This exciting role will develop your knowledge and skills in social media and marketing, gaining valuable experience working within a professional sports organisation. You will put your academic talents into practice and engage with the teams across the company, specifically within marketing, brand management and media.

Responsibilities 

  • Creation of immersive content to engage both fans and sponsors alike
  • Support the management of the Rockets’ social media platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn
  • Grow and expand the Rocket’s social media presence into new social media platforms as well as increase our presence on existing platforms

Desired Skills (Not essential)

  • Experience using photo and video editing softwares
  • Sport enthusiast with a passion for photography and videography
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and work to deadlines

Salary: N/A as this is a voluntary position

About the Company

The Reading Rockets have been at the fore front of basketball in England for over 20 years. The club provides a wide range of opportunities for participation in the sport and the role will reflect some of these opportunities.

The social media side of the club is of utmost importance and will allow the candidate to highlight the club in a community engaged, socially innovative, and high-performance environment.

If you are interested in joining our team, please contact Todd Lindley (todd.lindley@readingrockets.co.uk) or fill out the form below to register your interest. 

Academy Stars named in Hoopsfix All-Star Classic Rosters

Hoopsfix has revealed the rosters for the 2020 Hoopsfix All-Star Classic, despite its cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual event – supported by Nike and 5or6 – would have brought together the top male and female junior players of their generation to play in three All-Star games across two days.

We are delighted to announce that four Rockets academy players – both past and present – have been named in those rosters. Join us in congratulating Asher Ndah, David Chive and Matt Marsh for being selected for the Class of 2020 roster, as well as Latrell Maitland and Sam Grant for making the underclassmen roster.

The five previous events have all sold out in advance and another capacity crowd was anticipated in Brixton for the 2020 edition, which was originally scheduled for June before its cancellation.

“Though we are absolutely gutted to have had to cancel the event this year, we felt announcing the selected players is a small gesture to show recognition of those who would have been suiting up,” said Sam Neter, owner of Hoopsfix.

“Despite the event not happening, we will class those selected this year as alumni as with every other year, and they will be listed on the new website – launching soon – with player profiles.

“Congratulations to all those selected, and massive respect to all the clubs, coaches and people who contributed to their development. We look forward to following their progress and development in the coming years.”

With countless national titles and a wealth of junior international experience between them, the rosters represent a glimpse into the future of British basketball and include both domestic and foreign-based players.

The full selections for each game are as follows with name, height, position, and their 2019-20 programme as selections were based on performances up until the end of last season.

Class of 2020 Rosters

Team Black

David Chive, 6’0”, Guard, John Madejski Academy

Chris Feeney, 6’2″, Guard, Barking Abbey

Bradley Kaboza, 6’2″, Guard, Myerscough

Charlie Brown, 6’3″, Guard, Derby

Lewis McGlasson, 6’4″, Guard, Myerscough

Asher Ndah, 6’4″, Guard, John Madejski Academy

Eljay Morris, 6’4″, Guard/Forward, Governor’s Academy (USA)

Richard Amaefule, 6’9″, Forward, Bishop Lynch (USA)

Sanmi Fajana, 6’8″, Forward, Myerscough

Amari Williams, 6’10”, Forward/Centre, Myerscough

Josh Ogundele, 6’11”, Forward/Centre, Worcester Academy (USA)

Matt Marsh, 7’0”, Forward/Centre, FC Barcelona (Spain)

Team White

Blaize Sagna, 6’2″, Guard, Charnwood

Louis Norton, 5’10”, Guard, Barking Abbey

Ben Winter, 6’3″, Guard, Ipswich

Chester Morrell, 6’2″, Guard, Canterbury

Taiga Forster, 6’1″, Guard, Itchen

Greg Durand, 6’5″, Guard, Charnwood

Vasja Pandza, 6’8”, Guard, The Hotchkiss School (USA)

Tomiwa Sulaiman, 6’6” Forward, West Nottingham Academy (USA)

Tom Sowoolu, 6’8″, Forward, Barking Abbey

Eduardo Andre, 6’10”, Forward, AZ Compass Prep School (USA)

Sam Chigbo, 6’11”, Forward/Centre, Myerscough

Theo Hughes, 7’0″, Centre, Barking Abbey

Underclassmen Rosters

Team Black

Cameron Hildreth, 6’5″, Guard, Holy Trinity

Latrell Maitland, 6’1″, Guard, John Madejski Academy

Elijah Walsh, 6’4”, Guard, Queen Ethelburga’s

Jacob Morgan, 6’0″, Guard, Ipswich

Michael Belle, 6’6″, Guard, Strasbourg (France)

Sam Alajiki, 6’7″, Guard, Beckley Prep (USA)

Flynn Boardman-Raffet, 6’4″, Guard/Forward, Barking Abbey

Blake Bowman, 6’5″, Guard/Forward, Derby Trailblazers

Franklin Agu, 6’6″, Forward, Myerscough

Sam Grant, 6’8″, Forward, John Madejski Academy

Josh Ijeh, 6’8″, Forward, BMET James Watt College

Ethan Price, 6’10”, Forward, Ipswich

Team White

Quinn Ellis, 6’3″, Guard, Orlandina (Italy)

Alex Distras, 6’0″, Guard, Haringey

Josh Uduje, 6’6″, Guard, Knox School (USA)

Owen Young, 6’4″, Guard, Haringey

Wakeem Richardson, 6’3″, Guard, BMET James Watt College

Veron Eze, 6’4″, Guard, Barking Abbey

Jeremy Sochan, 6’8″, Forward, La Lumiere (USA)

Moses Gordon, 6’6″, Forward, New City

Abiodun Adedo, 6’5″, Forward, St Charles

Giovanni Emejuru, 6’10”, Forward, Charnwood

Victor Ndoukou, 6’8″, Forward, Charnwood

Ndwedo Newbury, 6’8”, Forward, Haringey

Under-19 Women Rosters

Team Black

Ella Doherty, 5’11”, Guard, Caledonia Pride

Jade Mbam, 5’7″, Guard, Manchester Mystics

Mariam Olawoyin, 5’5″, Guard, Nottingham

Molly James, 5’9″, Guard, Charnwood

Tamara Fournillier Onadeko, 5’10”, Guard, Barking Abbey

Hannah Dawson, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Charnwood

Rebecca Dwomoh, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Femeni Maresm (Spain)

Esther Little, 6’2″, Guard/Forward, Copleston

Jannike Marshall, 6’0″, Forward, Caledonia Pride

MJ Sarkodee-Adoo, 6’2″, Forward, City of London Academy

Molly Lavin, 6’2″, Forward, Richmond Knights

Louise Rouse, 6’2″, Forward, Oaklands

Isimenme Ozzy-Momodu, 6’1″, Centre, City of London Academy

Team White

Amelia Sandie, 5’7″, Guard, City of London Academy

Abbey Whitehouse, 5’9″, Guard, Sheffield

Asha Andrews, 5’7″, Guard, Sevenoaks Suns

Charlotte Redhead, 5’7″, Guard, Copleston

Ella Pearson, 5’10”, Guard/Forward, Copleston

Simona Henshaw, 5’10”, Forward, City of London Academy

Shaniya Rose, 6’0″, Forward, Nottingham Wildcats

Susannah Rafiu, 6’1″, Forward, Copleston

Pollyanna Storie, 6’2″, Forward, Caledonia Pride

Adaobi Nebuwa, 5’10”, Forward, City of London Academy

Cameron Taylor-Willis, 6’0″, Forward, Copleston

Emma Imevbore, 6’4″, Centre, London Thunder

Alex Baker, 6’2″, Centre, Charnwood