Category: Community

Community Coach Vacancy

We are looking for a full-time community basketball coach to join our team. Please see the job description below:

 Job Title: Full Time Community Basketball Coach
Hours: 15-20 per week (flexible)
Contract length: permanent after probationary period of 6 months
Location: Reading and Surrounding Berkshire areas
Salary: £1000 p/ month with opportunity for extra earnings if more coaching hours completed
Job Description:

Reading Rockets Basketball club is a well-established community focussed organisation. We are looking to add to our dedicated, enthusiastic and hardworking team of community coaches with a position that delivers coaching opportunities wot work with children as young as 4 years old right through to 18.

The main purpose of this role is to be at the forefront of community engagement with an aim of not only supporting the work the community team already undertake but also in being instrumental in setting up new community basketball hubs and Satellite programmes so more children can become involved in playing on a weekly basis.

The role will involve running lunchtime, in curriculum and afterschool basketball clubs and developing a primary school league in Reading for these schools. Running and developing new and existing mini basketball hubs (players 4-12 years old) and. Coaching and developing competition pathways for the clubs Mini Basketball Satellite programme (players 13-18 years old).

There is also opportunities to coach in the clubs elite programme as either as assistant or head coach and work weekly with a squad during the regular season.

The candidate must be open to working with and developing their ability to coach children with special educational needs as part of their Special Olympics inclusion programme.

The candidate must have excellent interpersonal skills, be able to work collaboratively within a team but also show initiative and leadership when it comes to leading programmes and sessions. They must be confident enough to liaise with schools and the wider community and be able to engage with the families involved in the programmes.

A competency in using technology is also required in order for the candidate to be able to use the clubs online Class For Kids registration portal and Views registration software.

Job Accountabilities

To deliver a range of quality coaching programmes for young people as directed by the Head of Community Services and/or Project Manager.

To undertake the necessary planning for each activity session to ensure that the programme demonstrates progression throughout.

To ensure that accurate records are maintained for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation through the clubs Class For Kids system.

To respect the rights of the participants and ensure that their wellbeing and safety is always considered.

To inform Reading Rockets of any accidents/ incidents which occur whilst working on the programme, and to inform the Head of Junior development and/or the Project Manager of any concerns which may arise.

To support and assist any other coach, adult or young person that works on the activity alongside you.

To display consistent high standards of behaviour in accordance with Reading Rockets and England Basketball codes of conduct.

To keep up to date with all current coaching practices and undertake continuous professional development, including all minimum operating standards training in order to comply with the scheme.

To understand and implement Reading Rockets Basketball Club policies and procedures as they relate to the delivery of services to young people; Data Protection Act, Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and Safeguarding policies, and Codes of Conduct as they relate to coaches.

To follow all procedures laid down by Reading Rockets Basketball Club relating to the running of activities.

To undertake other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time.

This position will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check and appointment to the position will be dependent on the outcome of this process and the taking up of references. Reading Rockets is committed to equal opportunities.

Essential Requirements

Experience working with groups of primary school and secondary school age children

Driving licence and own transport and willingness to travel

A willingness to work flexible hours including some weekends and evenings.

Have permission to work in the UK

DBS Clearance – This will be carried out by the club

Updated First Aid and Safeguarding qualifications

Level 2 or higher Basketball Qualification

If you are interested in the role please send a cover letter and CV to Gary Johnson using the email address provided here:

JMA Rockets return from their Erasmus trip to Spain

22 players and 6 staff were privileged enough to spend 2 weeks in Spain recently thanks to the Erasmus plus programme. Erasmus plus is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus plus aims to modernise education, training and youth work across Europe. It is open to education, training, youth and sport organisations across all sectors of lifelong learning, including school education, further and higher education, adult education and the youth sector.

The group set off from Gatwick airport to Valencia at 7.30 in the morning, an early start for all! On arrival, the boys and girls teams checked in to their home for the week before a short walk to L’Alqueria, Valencia Basket’s state of the art training facility which has eleven, yes eleven full size basketball courts, as well as a huge gym/fitness centre, and a restaurant!

Here, the group were able to watch multiple Under 18 Euroleague games in the Adidas Next Generation tournament which included our very own former JMA Rocket, Matthew Marsh, who is in his second year playing for FC Barcelona and doing very well! To end our first day in Spain, we watched the Valencia Women’s first team play in La Fonteta, the main arena. They lost to a very impressive Girona team but it was awesome to see Carmen Segura’s sister Lorena back in the squad!

The following day was pretty similar, watching a variety of games which culminated in Valencia’s ACB team hosting Tenerife and recording a 98-91 win in front of 8,000 orange fans! What an atmosphere and such a great opportunity to see some of the highest quality basketball on show.

After 2 days of intense basketball, it was time for a change of scenery as the group had a guided tour of the beautiful city of Valencia, learning about it’s history and traditions. After watching the Valencia Women train, it was the boys who would play their first game of the trip as they beat academy side Ferran Pizcueta 76-56 despite being a bit rusty from the Christmas break!

The group watched the ACB team train (so privileged!) and talked with Head Coach Jaume Ponsarnau as well as having some practice of our own, it was time to see 2020 in Valencia style! We went outside the town hall with probably thousands of other people but it was a really family orientated atmosphere as midnight struck with lots of music and fireworks. The behaviour of all students (and staff!) was exemplary so we were really impressed with their conduct and representation of JMA Reading Rockets.

A tour of Valencia’s magnificent Oceanographic centre coupled to a quite breath-taking dolphin show! Everyone really embraced the culture of that trip and this was certainly one of those moments.

The following day was preparation day for the main basketball event of the trip as both teams were getting ready to play in the Valencia Basket Cup. After their sessions, the group were hosted by a Spanish academy players parents for the afternoon as they put on a quite magnificent spread (sounds very English I know) including the traditional Spanish food, paella! A really nice afternoon was had by all and we were most grateful for that time together.

Tournament time soon came upon us and it was to be a very busy couple of days. The girls team faced some very high level opposition and were able to claim 7th position, a very respectable achievement considering who they were playing and their ever-growing injury list! The boys did incredibly well winning every game including beating Valencia Basket B in the final to lift the trophy and cap off a fantastic experience in the city of Valencia. The group also managed to fit in watching a Euroleague game on the Friday night as Valencia secured an impressive 91-77 win over Alba Berlin!

It was time for the group to move to their second destination of the tour as they embarked on the four hour coach trip to Madrid! As we arrived to Aristos, our new home for the next five days, we were greeted by a former Rockets Coach and our friend Raul Lozano who was hosting us during

our time in Madrid. The first day in the capital city was however quite a calm, relaxed day for everyone having just played 6 games in three days but the group did travel to the Wizink centre to watch Real Madrid v Valencia in the ACB, a game narrowly won by the hosts.

The first ‘proper’ outing for the group was a trip to the city centre where the players were put into mixed groups and set various challenges for the three hours they were given. Tasks such as eating tapas, asking someone a question in Spanish, doing a group dance in front of a famous building were just three of the nine tasks set which was done so well by all involved. To cap off this trip, no fewer than 5 former players of JMA Rockets visited us which was great as it showed us the impact we had during their time in England. The day was completed with the boys back in action as they played Aristos Under 20s and recorded a narrow win.

Wednesday saw a trip to Real Madrid’s iconic football stadium, the Bernabau, which was an amazing venue to go and see as well as learning all about the history of one of Europe’s best club’s. Some individual practices as well as some studying and resting completed the day before the final full day of the trip was upon us.

On Thursday, the group had one to one meetings with staff about their time in Spain as well as presenting their tasks from Tuesday, a very funny hour looking back at what they had managed to achieve! One final trip for the group was back to the Wizink centre to watch a Euroleague game between the hosts and BC Zalgris before heading back to the accommodation and getting ready to fly home.

The trip ended with the arrival back to JMA around midday in what was a fantastic two weeks for everyone involved. A huge thank you must be given to Erasmus, the John Madejski Academy, and Reading Rockets for all their help and support in making this trip happen as well as all the staff for their tireless commitment and organisation! Finally, a big congratulations to the players for representing themselves, the school, and the club so well over the two weeks as everyone involved gets right back to work with their respective teams as the business end of the 2019-2020 descends upon us!

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!