The 2018-19 Reading Sports Awards were held over the weekend and it is with great pleasure we would like to announce that The John Madejski Academy won Secondary School of the Year.
This Award is very prestigious - to be nominated is a great achievement - to win the Award supersedes that.
The dedicated PE team could not be happier with being recognised as Secondary school of the year for sports as they work tirelessly to provide opportunities for students to succeed both academically and practically.
When receiving the award the following was read:
‘The John Madejski Academy prides itself with PE and sport and aims to use this as a specialism to spearhead both academic progress as well as sporting prowess. In January 2018 JMA was named within the top 20 state schools for sport (school sports magazine). The sporting programmes that JMA offers at Sixth form are amongst the best in the country continually developing teams and students to become the best they can be (highlights include national competition winners, international call ups, scholarships and pro contract signed). JMA uses sport to improve student’s behaviour and attendance in school and have recently redesigned the curriculum to give students the opportunity to take part in an 2 extra hours in sport; driving the agenda of living a healthy and active lifestyle. JMA offers an enriched extracurricular programme to allow students to take part in a breadth of sporting activities. We are also proud of the close links formed with our local primary schools and use sports/PE to engage and inspire our younger neighbours.’
Not only was the school recognised for its endeavours and dedication to sport, teams and individuals from the Academy were too.
Sixth Form students Arinze won Male Sports Personality of the year and Kiera (Year 12) won Achiever of the Year, whilst Female Youth Team of the Year went to our U18 Girls Basketball Team.
The school prides itself with its links for the sports performance programmes run at Sixth Form level, as these links have helped ensure that we are ranked amongst the best in the country for our sport performance pathways of football and basketball.
Our link club Reading Rockets was recognised for their achievements and this was also a huge moment. Reading Rockets won Club of the Year award- to have such a strong partnership with a great club is amazing.
One of the last awards of the night went to PE Teacher Danny Carter for his contribution to sport and Basketball (namely playing for Reading Rockets). To win the Katie Henderson Contribution to Sport award is a fantastic achievement.
Below are some of the reason why our students and team won the awards they were nominated for.
'Arinze has had an incredible year for JMA in the EABL while also representing our men’s professional club team Reading Rockets. Arinze led the team in rebounding, steals and deflections and was one of the top players in the country for all AASE academies having played for Great Britain in the Division A European Championships last summer. He is improving at a rapid pace through consistency and dedication unmatched by any one else and looks set to have a breakthrough year next season. Arinze has acquired a full scholarship to a very prestigious basketball and academic University in Canada for next season where he will study psychology while pursuing his dreams playing at the next level. Arinze’s work ethic and commitment to the team is exemplary. He trains with intensity, passion and pride and is very well liked amongst his team mates as he exhibits the leadership skills of a veteran professional. Arinze’s leadership on and off the court has been instrumental in the running of an elite performance environment. These traits don’t just exist on the court they carry over into his academics and lifestyle. Arinze has led the way when it comes to maximising his time available outside of classes and training.’
‘Kiera has been a strong and consistent performer throughout the year, both on the football pitch and in the classroom. Kiera’s current Academic performance have her on track to meet her predicted grade in Mathematics, while she is exceeding her target in both Physical Education and Psychology, which indicates that she is excelling within the classroom aspect of her student athlete career. Kiera’s professional approach serves her well both on and off the pitch, her willingness to go above and beyond, alongside her attention detail and drive to always perform at her best means she is striving ahead in both aspects of her career. On the pitch in both training and fixtures Kiera has maintained an exceptional level of performance, which has seen her maintain her place within the England youth team set up, this season being regularly selected for the Under 18 group, these call ups included numerous training camps at St George’s Park, alongside friendly fixtures against Scotland, Mexico and USA when travelling to Florida as part of the England Squad invited by their US counterparts. Kiera’s final recognition of the season has seen her rewarded with the opportunity to train with our Women’s first time to both challenge and develop her further heading into the second year of the programme.’
U18 Girls Basketball Team
‘The JMA Rockets Girls U18 team have been outstanding this season! After winning the National Cup for the first time ever, and also winning the National league for the Southern region the girls have also progressed to the Semi-final round of the Academy League and also have won their way through to the last 4 teams standing in the Nation over the next 2 weekends! Under the watchful eye of Coach Blai the girls have maintained a fantastic level of commitment and have trained for 14 hours each week since September with very little down time. They have made a significant impact in British basketball for their age and have also put our town on the map for Girls and Women’s basketball. The results of these girls on court are also echoed in their academic vigour too. With all of the current second years’ high achievers in the classroom and now all accepting places at Universities across the UK, America and Europe. This has truly been a ground breaking year for girls basketball in Reading. ‘