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By londonthunder, Dec 31 2017 04:57PM

What a year its been! This season, the start of our 10th year as a club has seen us field 10 teams, take players to Spain and Florida for international camp experience and seen 7 of our players attend school, academies and colleges in the USA.

We would like to take this chance to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year, we look forward to continuing to build a future full of opportunities in 2018 and beyond.

Many thanks for all your continued support

By londonthunder, Dec 18 2017 07:53PM

In spite of a number of unavailable players, the Men's team picked up a good win in the last game of the year, after a month of mixed results.

Chelmsford got off on the right foot, scoring some easy points with a series of fast breaks, while the home side were a bit slow to react.

Once they adjusted their defensive attitude though, Thunder started to take control of the game, but they had to improve and accelerate the offensive motion to find the points which helped them open a gap of 7 points at half time.

A higher intensity, combined with a better passing game gave almost all players scoring opportunities in the key or in transition, and the gap doubled in the third quarter.

Michael, Wale and TJ scored the majority of the points between them, but Mo, Sam and Jordan all contributed to the final +19.

It was a performance that can give the team some confidence for the second part of the season, where it will be time to start winning more games in the League and try to make further progress in the National Shield where we have reached the quarter-finals.

Thunder 77 15 19 26 17

Lions 58 16 11 18 13

Coach Nico

By londonthunder, Nov 6 2017 09:15PM

The incredibly successful Girls Basketball Inspiration Programme was given full recognition in the Voice Newspaper last week 26th Oct - 1st Nov issue. The article describes the programme and talks about the effect the experience had on some of the participants. Great to see it celebrated in this way!

By londonthunder, Nov 5 2017 08:04AM

Coach Steven Bucknall, Director of Basketball at London Thunder, Erith Academy and former Head Coach of England u18s Men’s Basketball team, talks about the benefits of studying at Erith Basketball Academy.

Having left England as a teenager for high school in Boston. In 1985 I achieved recognition as a McDonalds All-American (rated as one of the top 20 high school players in the US) and then went on to play at the University of North Carolina under the legendary Coach Dean E Smith. I hold the honour of being the first Englishman to play in the NBA. Over my 16-year professional basketball career I have represented teams in the USA, England, France, Germany, Greece and Italy.

Our promise is to bring Commitment, Understanding & Trust, Knowledge & Experience and exceptional Service Levels in everything we do. We have Success in delivering opportunities and this will be underpinned by a deeper quality: Belief.

Belief is often the most important benefit which young people themselves can take from their experiences working with us, which fuels your progress in education and in life.

Along with a tailor made academic schedule we are offering players the opportunity to play in the EABL/ABL, the UK’s toughest and most competitive Under 19 basketball competition, we are also able to offer the opportunity to compete for London Thunder Lewisham teams in the National League.

The Coaches at Erith School have fantastic links to Universities in the UK and USA and also links to professional clubs and top academies throughout Europe. If you are keen to explore these opportunities after graduating from the Academy, we would love to help. Academy players will be given the chance to develop their coaching and officiating skills, by undertaking Basketball England qualifications, helping to boost your employability once you have graduated.

Application forms can be downloaded from our Academy page.

By londonthunder, Oct 28 2017 08:36AM

On Sunday 22, Thunder managed to beat Kent Crusaders II after a convincing performance.

It was a close match in the first two periods, with the guests leading by two at half time (24-26).

In the second half, Wale helped the rest of the team find good offensive solutions, playing with composure, well supported by the other guards around him.

An effective man to man defense was key, leading to a number of steals and transitions, with Mo and Samuel showing great effort. Henry was strong under the boards, taking a good number of rebounds.

Offensively, the availability of 12 players gave the coach more options. A number of set plays were used, not giving the opponents much time to adapt defensively.

Overall it was a great team effort, with three players scoring in double figures. This game showed what this team can achieve by playing together with focus for 40’.

London Thunder Lewisham 13 11 18 18 60

Kent Crusaders II 11 15 7 11 44

Assistant Coach Nico