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By londonthunder, Oct 19 2017 10:34PM

In the first period Thunder managed to slow down Crusaders’ attack by defending full-court, getting to a promising 16-16.


Crusaders had more offensive options though, and once their movements started to flow Thunder were unable to find the points to stay in the game, forcing too many drives and missing some easy shots from short distance. At half time the gap was 20 points.


Things didn’t improve in the third quarter when Crusaders found space for a number of open fast breaks, with Thunder getting back slowly, and losing some focus.

In the final period the team reacted and showed some pride, returning to score with e better percentage and defending harder, man-to-man, to limit the damage.


There were good moments from TJ and Mo, these new young players showed good commitment, the set plays worked a number of times, but in the long run Crusaders proved simply too strong.

“We are not a Division 1 team and we can lose this game, but we cannot stop defending one second. We also have to improve our self-confidence and score when an opportunity arises. Restart from the spirit of the first and last periods to win the next game”



Assistant Coach Nico



By londonthunder, Oct 19 2017 10:30PM

London Thunder conference team had a great weekend beating Kent Crusaders by 106-60 at the Thunderdome. We deserved this win after last weekend and got it thanks to the great job players did throughout training this week. We worked hard and it paid off.


Our team built their lead with some fast breaks, three pointers shot and scored and great full court presses. In the second quarter we kept up our intensity and retained the advantage until we were 40 points up. The two last quarters were also well played and London Thunder achieved the win. Top scorers were Nage (18 points), Jordan (16 points), Jayden (16 points), Cal (15 points), also Vincy (13 rebounds), Gabriele (10 points, 12 rebounds) Well done guys


By Coach Jordi



By londonthunder, Oct 19 2017 10:23PM

The Big Half (if you are 17 or over) and the Big Relay (a new team-based half marathon if you are under 17) is an exciting new half marathon coming to the streets of Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lewisham and Greenwich on Sunday 4 March 2018.


Either have a go yourself or join friends and family and enter a relay team of four people to enter this exciting and epic event and take on a half marathon.


The Big Half is part of the The Big Half Festival, starting near Tower Bridge and finishing at the iconic Cutty Sark. Afterwards, head to Greenwich Park for The Big Festival and a post-run party with the best food and music London has to offer.


The event will be much more than a mass participation running event with the world’s best athletes and thousands of runners. It will be a street party of epic proportions, that aims to bring people of all backgrounds and abilities together to celebrate London’s diversity.


By londonthunder, Oct 16 2017 09:21PM

Read more about our incredibly successful collaboration with Michelle Moore, Runnymede Trust Basketball Inspiration Director.


Watch the video here


Gender Empowerment Through Sport…

‘Thank you so much for making me believe in myself’ Stacey

These were the powerful words spoken by a 14-year-old South London young woman who along with 350 participants started her day being part of a gender empowerment assembly. Stacey’s comments echo those of many of the other girls who found this special assembly a supportive and inspiring experience. Stacey’s comments become even more significant given the high percentage of young women in the UK who have low levels of body confidence.


The power of the sports role model is well and truly alive…..

The highlight of the assembly was an interview between two Great Britain international basketball players, Paige Robinson and Rosalee Mason. They highlighted their own stories of success, adversity and inspiration. Paige a 19-yearold basketball player, currently on a scholarship in the US, has represented England from the age of 15 and has played internationally in Spain. Her love of basketball started at local London Thunder basketball club was aged 13. Rosalee Mason was capped for England over 65 times and has played all over the world and is now a coach. The players

caused an even greater stir when they showed the girls their medals. Rosalee also produced the Olympic torch, as she was a torchbearer at the London 2012 Olympic Games.


The assembly was delivered by the programme founder Michelle Moore and started with Sport England’s Maya Angelou narrated ‘This Girl Can’ film followed by a discussion focused on body confidence, barriers to sport for girls, gender stereotypes and the importance of physical activity. As part of the presentation the students were shown a photograph of the girls team at London Thunder basketball club; a club with a small girls team looking to expand. The assembly was energetic with rousing high fives and spot prizes of London Thunder drawstring bags and autographs from the players.


After the assembly girls took part in a basketball coaching masterclass delivered by the players who are also both qualified coaches. This was no ordinary PE lesson and students were seriously put through their basketball paces!


The assembly and basketball coaching took place in four secondary schools and is part of the Basketball Inspiration Programme; a sport for social change programme using basketball to inspire and motivate girls to increase their levels of physical activity, enhance well-being and to challenge gender stereotypes.


For the final part of the programme a number of students from each of the schools were invited to a special basketball masterclass at nearby London Thunder basketball club. A group of 70 young women took part, learnt new basketball skills and were also treated to the tricks and flairs demonstrations from the basketball player coaches which left the girls spellbound as they watched the 6ft 4 Paige Robinson dunk away to her hearts content. The Thunder Girls teams are now welcoming new players to training.


Student Feedback…..

’This project was amazing!’

‘My body is not the most important thing but it’s what I can achieve’

‘The best assembly we’ve had all year’

‘I loved meeting Paige she is such an inspiration and her story makes me feel motivated’

‘I liked the ‘This Girl Can’ video because it inspired me to be more active and inspired me that anyone can do anything as long as they put their mind to it’


This initiative has been hugely successful as Basketball Inspiration Founder Michelle Moore explains ’The project has had a positive impact on students, teacher and sports coaches alike. Basketball player coaches Rosalee Mason and Paige Robinson are powerful role models who come from the same community as the girls; they talk like the girls and even look like some of the girls. They inspired the future generation of young people to dare to dream big, to be proud of their bodies and to take part in physical activity and give basketball a go too!’


The programme has reached 1400 young people aged 11-16 years old and was delivered in Sydenham Girls school, Haberdasher’s Aske’s Hatcham College, Compass school – Southwark and Prendergast school. The next phase of the project will focus on targeting younger students at primary schools in Lewisham. For more information please visit www.runnymedetrust.org To find out more about London Thunder Basketball Club visit www.thunderbasketball.net This Runnymede Trust project is funded by The Fawcett Society and Spirit of 2012.



By londonthunder, Oct 11 2017 06:08PM

London Thunder conference had a fight on their hands in the game against Greenwich Titans. The result, a disappointing 104-52 loss . It was a difficult game against one of the top teams in the league and we offer our congratulations to the Titans. Our learning was that we must keep working especially on our defence. This new conference team will begin to gel over the next few weeks and demonstrate their full potential.


A few individual shout outs to

MVP Cal McDonald our top scorer with 24 points Well done keep the focus!

Harry McCarthy with 8 points. Good job Harry keep up the hard work and intensity.

Nage Mohamed with 7 points. Way to go Nage, take the next step and start driving to the hoop big man!


Well done to the rest of the squad. Our work moving forward is all about team focus. Together Everyone Achieves More


Coach Jordi


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