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Are you looking to play Basketball in the local Berkshire community? Reading Rockets provides many programmes for kids and adults of all ages and skill level. Search for a programme below to find a session that’s right for you.

Rockets Community Programme

Rockets Community Sessions run during term time only with camps and speciality sessions run during the school holidays which can be booked seperately. Please see below our term dates. Players can join anytime during the year. 

2022/2023 Term Dates

Term 1 – Monday 12th September – Sunday 23rd October

Half Term – Monday 24th Oct – Sunday 30th October (No sessions this week)

Term 2 – Monday 31st October – Sunday 18th December

Christmas Holidays – Monday 19th Dec – Tuesday 3rd January (No Sessions)

Term 3  – Wednesday 4th January – Sunday 12th February

Half Term – Monday 13th Feb – Sunday 19th Feb (No Sessions)

Term 4 – Monday 20th February – Sunday 2nd April

Easter – Monday 3rd April – Sunday 16th April (No Sessions)

Term 5 – Monday 17th April – Sunday 28th May

Half Term – Monday 29th May – Sunday 4th June (No Sessions)

Term 6 – Monday 5th June – Sunday 16th July

No sessions also on:

1st May 2023 (Bank Holiday), 31st March 2023 (club event),

Micro Ballers

Details

School Years Reception  and Year 1
Beginners
Boys and Girls
Various Locations

Overview

The clubs Mini Basketball programme is specifically designed for young players between the age of 4-12 and is split into Micro, Mini and Mighty Ballers. Each session is aimed at developing each and every child on their physical development as well as their basketball knowledge and skills.

Mini Basketball prepares children for a sporting lifestyle as part of their overall education and as an introduction to the sport of basketball. By modifying the basketball rules to suite the child we cater for the individual at an appropriate level for their physical ability, mental development and social maturity.

The mini basket coaches will deliver fun, energised sessions for the children whilst using a variety of games to teach them the game of basketball whilst also developing key multi skills.

The young players will learn in a fun environment whilst also learning respect and fair play whilst making some cool new basketball friends!

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Mini Ballers

Details

School Years 2 -5
Beginners
Boys and Girls
Various Locations

Overview

The clubs Mini Basketball programme is specifically designed for young players between the age of 4-12 and is split into Micro, Mini and Mighty Ballers. Each session is aimed at developing each and every child on their physical development as well as their basketball knowledge and skills.

Mini Basketball prepares children for a sporting lifestyle as part of their overall education and as an introduction to the sport of basketball. By modifying the basketball rules to suite the child we cater for the individual at an appropriate level for their physical ability, mental development and social maturity.

The mini basket coaches will deliver fun, energised sessions for the children whilst using a variety of games to teach them the game of basketball whilst also developing key multi skills.

The young players will learn in a fun environment whilst also learning respect and fair play whilst making some cool new basketball friends!

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Mighty ballers

Details

School Years 6 and 7
Beginners
Boys and Girls
Various Locations

Overview

The Rockets Mighty Baller programme is a great next step for those players that have previously attended the clubs Mini Baller programme (ages 4-9). However it is also ideal for beginners who are looking to try the sport for the first time. Players develop their skills through small sided matches each week.

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LEt Me Play Satellite Programme

Details

School Years 8 – 13
Beginners & Intermediate
Boys and Girls
Various Locations

Overview
These sessions are a great way to be involved with basketball outside of school, but not have that big commitment of joining a club. They are based in Leisure Centres, secondary schools, colleges and universities, but are for everyone who wants to have a go. Sessions have an open door policy so it doesn’t matter if you’re not part of the club, everyone is welcome to attend.

The idea of a satellite club is to be fun and informal and it’s all about getting as many students in one area as possible to BE involved. Coaches from the club make sessions as relaxed as possible whilst ensuring your personal and playing skills are developing too.

Between 1-1.5 hours, after school or at the weekends and run throughout the academic year.

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Back To Basketball
Details

Ages 18+
All Levels
Womens Only
John Madejski Academy

Overview

The club runs a weekly social basketball session aimed at women who are both beginners to the sport and those who may be looking at getting back into the sport.

The club works closely with the This Girl can campaign and so understands the importance of providing women with opportunities to exercise in a fun environment whilst understanding the potential barriers that get in the way.

The sessions are run weekly as a pay as you go programme as the club appreciates how things can get in the way of attending so allows women to attend when they can and are welcomed back even if they are away from the session for a while.

Date and Times
Mondays 8-9pm

There are some exclusion dates when the hall isn’t available to the group which are:
4/10/21
8/11/21
13/12/21
20/12/21
24/1/22
14/2/22
14/3/22
28/3/22
25/4/22

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Hoop It Up
Details

Primary School 
Beginners
Boys and Girls

Overview

Reading Rockets Hoop It Up Programme was launched by the club in September 2012 to provide young children with a sports programme which also helped them to learn lessons on how to have a happy and healthier lifestyle. The club is aware of the ongoing battle with childhood obesity in the Country and how important it is that children find ways to stay active through sport.

The programmes provides schools with anything from 6-30 week programmes and works closely with them to provide a programme which suits their school community and aims. Each programme has been specifically designed for these age groups in which suitable adaptations have been made to cater for each one.

The programme has detailed lesson plans for the coaches to ensure that there is consistency with the programme and also so teachers are able to get an idea of how the group are progressing and whether they are on course for their age group in regards to their physical literacy.

As well as ensuring the children are progressing In their physical skills each week a healthy lifestyle topic is focussed on and then integrated into the session through a variety of games, quizzes and short discussion. Delivering the messages within the session gives the children a direct link between the lifestyle message, exercising and how they work hand in hand.

Schools

Micklands
St Annes
Compton
Hamilton
Leighton Park
Bradfield
Geoffrey Fields
Cold Ash
EP Collier
Highdown
Highclose
Icollege
Reading Boys
Park House
Luckley House

Pathway

The club strongly believes in ensuring their programmes are sustainable for the community so their work can have a lasting effect on the children. In the Reading area each player from year 3 at school can access an after school basketball session, a weekly community session, and also have an opportunity to try out for Rockets’ youngest teams.

playerpathway

Rockets are now able to provide a player pathway not only for school children looking to progress in the sport but also for those who are looking for an educational setting where they can access both an elite basketball programme while they study and also for those looking for a future career in the sport.

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Summer 2022 Basketball Programme (1st August – 26th August)

Details

Ages 4-18
Beginners & Intermediate
Boys and Girls
John Madejski Academy (Outdoor Courts)
SEN Senior Camps

Rockets SEN Junior Summer Sessions are run in partnership with Reading FC’s multi sport summer camps. Information and bookings can be found at www.readingfc.co.uk. Rockets will be there on the 8th, 15th and 22nd of August.

Overview

Reading Rockets Summer programme provides an opportunity for  players from 4-18 an opportunity to continue their weekly training and stay active each week. All sessions are run on the outdoor courts at John Madejski Academy. 

Date and Times

School Holidays

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SEN Programmes

Details
Special Educational Needs children only
No diagnosis needed
Ages 4-18
No experience needed
Boys and Girls
Various locations
Overview
The Rockets SEN sessions provide players  from 8 years old right through to 25 year olds. The sessions are fun and consider the needs of each individual that attends. The coaches that work with the players have a huge wealth of experience in SEN delivery and work regularly with SEN schools in the area throughout the week..

The link to book camps will be live here 2-3 weeks before the school holiday.

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This Girl Can

Details
Girls only
Age 12-16
Beginners and intermediate
South Reading leisure centre
Overview
Rockets “This Girl Can” programme provides a fun environment for girls to both try the sport for the first time or to take part outside of school. The all-female coaching team are really welcoming and is ideal for any young female wanting to get involved.
Date and Times

Tuesdays 4.30-6pm

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