Talent Pathway

Elite Programme

Our Elite Programme provides a chance for ambitious, committed youth players to access the opportunities, resources and environment to reach their potential as basketball players. The programme is professionally run and well organised - we aim to deliver a high quality product for players that enables them to significantly improve their technical, tactical, mental and physical performance as basketball players. As an Elite Programme member, players get:

- 2 high quality practices per week
- A top level National League game in the Premier or Conference division (we have Premier teams at U18, U16 and U14, as well as an U14 Conference team)
- The opportunity to be further challenged through Senior Men's games (at National League Divison 3, Local League Division 1 or Division 2 level)
- The chance to play at the prestigious Battle in the Capital international tournament (hosted in London)
- Access to video footage of all games
- Support to build a personal highlight tape
- Regular bespoke feedback and assessment to identify next steps for development
- Individual training plans for use outside of contact time
- Access to elite overseas competition in Europe, including the U20 European Youth Basketball League and Globasket tournament

Our Elite Programme is selective - places are at a high demand. We hold annual trials in May/June, however are also open to applications of interest throughout the season. If you would like to find out more about how you can trial for our Elite Programme, please email Josh Prentice: jprentice@southsiderockets.com 

16-19 Academy

We offer a basketball academy linked with a post-16 educational institute for ambitious young men that wish to immerse themselves in the student athlete lifestyle. We consider all applications individually. If you would like to discuss the opportunities available within our academy and how to get recruited,  please email Josh Prentice: jprentice@southsiderockets.com 

Evolution Programme

Our Evolution Programme offers grassroots opportunities for boys and girls in school years 6, 7 and 8 to have fun playing the game, make new friends and learn about the game. The Programme is open to all abilities and levels of experience. Through the Evolution Programme, players can also represent their Evolution team in the Evolution Elite League, an initiative which is available exclusively for Southside Rockets Evolution players, featuring gameday commentary, filmed games with access to video for players and parents, gameday photos and occasional guest speakers. 

In addition to our main Evolution Programme, we also offer a Mini Evolution programme for boys and girls in school years 2, 3, 4 and 5. If you would like to get involved with one of our Evolution centres, please contact Reece Gunn: rgunn@southsiderockets.com



Senior Programme

Our Senior Men's programme plays host to our flagship club teams: 1st Team, 2nd Team and 3rd Team. In addition to the adults in our Senior Programme, we also provide numerous roster spots for our most ambitious and high-flying junior in the Elite Programme to step up and get Senior minutes. Our 1st Team competes in the National League Division 3. Our 2nd and 3rd Teams complete in the Essex Local league tier in Division 1 and 2 respectively. If you are interested in trying out for one of our Senior Men's teams,  please email Josh Prentice: jprentice@southsiderockets.com 


We offer various camps catering for the needs of both elite players and children seeking fun recreational experiences at the grassroots level. Our camps are both energetic and engaging, whilst being delivered by qualified club coaches. Our camps also provide a cost-effective alternative to child care over the half terms and summer holidays. To find out more about our upcoming camps and book a place, please contact Reece Gunn: rgunn@southsiderockets.com

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