Midnight Madness Hits Loughborough University

Midnight Madness continues its search for the best British basketball players at Loughborough University. Hundreds of players will compete for their chance to be on the MM travel team and also play with the UK’s most established basketball team, the Leicester Riders.

After hosting the first qualifying rounds in the South of England (London and Portsmouth), the Midnight Madness tournament travels North to Leeds (16th) and Loughborough (17th) to source the best players to represent the North of England in the MM Finals Showcase at the end of the month.

On Sunday 17th August, Loughborough University and the Leicester Riders will play host for the fourth and final qualifier round, before the tournament progresses through to the legendary ‘All-Nighter’ quarter-finals in Birmingham on the 23rd August.

Speaking ahead of the qualifying event Jo Emmett, Performance Sport Strategic Manager at Loughborough University, said: “We are very excited to host Midnight Madness at Loughborough University this summer. We are very proud that our basketball programme, in partnership with Leicester Riders, continues to make positive strives forwards and we look forward to welcoming some of the top players from around the UK.”

Russell Levenston, Managing Director for the Leicester Riders also commented, saying: “It is great to see Midnight Madness continue to do great work in the UK over the summer!  We are excited to host a qualifying event at Loughborough this summer and utilise the excellent facilities the campus offers! The event is sure to be a great showcase of talented players from the area and around the UK and we are really happy to be involved in the day.”

MM founder and resident ‘Voice of Reason’, Nhamo Shire added: “We’ve seen a great start to the competition this year with hundreds of players in the south competing for a Golden Ticket in the next round, Britain most certainly has talent!  We’re looking forward to coming to Loughborough to see what the midlands have to offer and working in partnership with the leading BBL club in the region is a great way to bring the tournament to the area.  With Riders and Loughborough coaches at the event, for any player wanting to be seen for either the University or Riders squads – this is a perfect opportunity to catch the right persons attention.”

The day kicks off with a FREE coaching clinic for 6-14 year old boys and girls, with all participants receiving a free Nike Midnight Madness T-Shirt and excellent instruction from MM Coaching Director Jay Williams alongside Riders coaches.

The competition divisions are for U18, U23 and O23’s and are open to both males and females.  However ALL players are advised to register in advance to secure a place in any of the competitions or coaching clinics.  Registration and all activities on the day are 100% free.  Sign up here: Player Registration

Schedule for the day:

10am-12pm  Coaching Clinic

12pm-3pm  MM Prep U18’s

3pm-6pm  MM College U23’s

6pm-9pm  MM Pro/Am O23’s