The Dublin Thunder Basketball Club started in June 2011, playing out of the state of art Carroll Arena in Kilbarrack, Dublin 5. Soon after, the coaching staff assembled what is widely known as one of the most talented teams the country has ever seen. The Thunder organisation pride themselves on their multicultural links in Ireland, playing the prestigious PBA All- Star team from the Philippines each year and taking part in the EFBL league, it has really grown the fan base aggressively in such a short space of time. We have players from Ireland, Spain, Poland, Lithuania, Serbia, and USA, our doors are always open for new players to join.
The club’s focus and strength is really based on diversity, with players from the Philippine league, and local clubs sending their players to practice with the Thunder at different times during their season to experience the next level in coaching.
During the season our players take part in local youth projects coaching basketball in schools around the Dublin area every day, which is really opening the game up to a very young demographic and these children normally transform into Thunder fans and attend our games.
The club have links with two prestigious Dublin Colleges Dublin Business School and Griffith College.
Established in 1974, Griffith College is Ireland’s largest independent 3rd level institution with locations in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The College has gained an enviable, award winning reputation for providing students with first class lectures and excellent study material. Over the past three years our coaching staff have provided elite coaching to the Griffith Basketball Program and in 2011 they won the National Division 3 men’s title for the first time. We are delighted to announce that the program looks to be getting even stronger with Griffith College and Thunder linking up to provide two elite basketball scholarships for the men’s program starting in September 2013.
Dublin Business School
Dublin Business School was established in 1975.Today Dublin Business School (DBS) offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes in Business, Arts and Law. In 2003 Dublin Business School was acquired by Kaplan, Inc., the education division of The Washington Post Company. Kaplan, Inc. is a world leader in education, serving more than one million students per year in over 600 locations in 37 countries. Over the past Four seasons we have provided coaching in both the men’s and women’s program’s in DBS taking this small division three basketball program to a powerhouse in division 1 winning national championships back to back.
The Thunder basketball club guarantees to keep working hard to improve everything about the club for both our players and fans. With such success experienced in our infancy comes a lot of hard work and we are very grateful to our fans, clubs and everyone who has supported us and helped make this club so successful.