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06 October 2014

Our new basketball club is making great leaps thanks to Reading Rockets captain Ryan Lohfink.

Lohfink, 27, originally from Kansas USA, arrived from the Australian Basketball Association’s Mandurah Magic, who he joined following a brief tour with the Harlem Globetrotters.

Now he runs training sessions at the college as part of the Reading Rockets community programme.

Ryan said:

“Basketball is becoming more popular as it’s really easy to pick up and play with your friends or on your own. Coming to this college means more kids get structured training, which keeps them involved and is great for the game.”

The Rockets recently gave all the college club members free tickets to their BBLTrophy match against Newcastle Eagles.

Matt Johnson, Reading Rockets Head Coach said:

“Giving young players free tickets is a way to say thanks, but it’s also to show them what it’s like to be alocal, elite basketball player.

90% of our senior men’s team are local athletes, locally trained, which is extremely rare for a top division side.

“We’re keen to establish a link between the Rockets and the community; to inspire young players, keep their interest and say ‘come along and get involved’”.

In time the Rockets and the college are hoping to promote the club to schools as a reason for young athletes to come to college.

Matt said:

“We’d love to add a ‘performance arm’ to the college club as it becomes more successful, giving a handful of skilful players more formal training.

“It’s part of our pathway for young players; improving their game with more competitive training, and turning them into basketball professionals - not just players, but coaches and referees too.”

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