Worthing Thunder do not limit themselves to putting basketball teams on court, for the upcoming season we have 9 Junior teams and an under 10s session.
As one of the largest and best-supported clubs in Sussex, Worthing Thunder fully recognises the opportunities which exist to extend their work into the wider community. Over the years the club has delivered coaching to numerous schools and organisation throughout the county, and in partnership with South Coast Elite Basketball we have coaches coaching in over 25 Schools in the Brighton area, again with the Partnership we assist with the coaching for the Academy team at BHASVIC
Ishmael Fontaine also runs the Worthing sixth form basketball Academy who currently play in the AOC League
Over the years we have been able to get funding to provide coaching in schools in the West Sussex area this resulted in Worthing Thunder being awarded a grant to deliver 15 coaching sessions to 20 primary schools during the forthcoming season as well as 15 sessions of coaching to disadvantaged groups. The programme allowed our qualified players and coaches to visit schools throughout the area delivering fun-based, high quality basketball coaching. As well as promoting a more active life-style and providing an opportunity for children to be introduced to the sport, each participant will be provided with free match night tickets and a free Thunder / WSCC branded t-shirt. It is hoped that this programme will reach nearly 450 children throughout the season.
We have also been awarded grants from Basketball England and COOP members fund to provide coaching in the local areas
A similar programme to that sponsored by WSCC Big Society Fund will allow Thunder to deliver a programme of basketball activities targeted specifically to disabled groups in the area. This programme although not as extensive as the Big Society Fund, will finance 30 sessions of coaching to local groups along with free match night tickets for participants and branded t-shirts.
Testimonials – West Sussex County Council Big Society Fund
St Peter’s Catholic Primary School – 13th September 2018
“Just wanted to give you some feedback on the Basketball Club last night. The children thoroughly enjoyed it. The coach, Ishmael, was fantastic and so good with the children. He took time to speak with them and their parents. The activities he ran were well organised, and very well delivered to ensure the children gained maximum benefit. We look forward to the coming weeks!”