Our goal

The New Bermondsey Sports Foundation (NBSF), registered charity no. 1141811, was established in May 2011 to provide world class sports facilities for school, community and elite use in south east London and to safeguard those facilities for future generations. The facilities will be located in a new sports centre called Energize within the future New Bermondsey development.

In the meantime, NBSF has established the ‘Thunderdome’, a 24,000 sqft temporary sports facility comprising 2 full size basketball courts and 14 table tennis tables for London Thunder Basketball and Fusion Table Tennis Club respectively which receives over 3900 visits per month.

New Bermondsey - Thunderdome
New Bermondsey - Thunderdome
Our Story




Larry Trumpauskas is victorious at the Senior National Qualifiers

Larry Trumpauskas emerged victorious at the Senior National Championship Qualifiers, securing the top spot without dropping a single match.

Congratulations to Larry! To see more details and more Fusion player news from the Qualifiers, see here. 




Basketball Awards 2023

On June 17th 2023 over 200 players, staff and friends gathered for Thunder’s 2023 Basketball Awards Night. Congratulations to all who were recognised on the night. To see the full list of award winners, please read here. 



4 Thunder players selected for England Camp

Congratulations to Joelle Sealy (U14s Girls), Myles Barry (U14s Boys), Amelia Orungbeja (U15s Girls) and Andrew Nwokolo (U15s Boys), who have been selected for the England Selection Camp at the National Basketball Performance Centre in Manchester.

You can read more here.



Josie Furner wins the London Young Person of the Year Award!

In March 2023, Thunder’s Josie Furner wons the London Young Person of the Year Award. Awarded by the Levelling the Playing Fields network and supported by the London Marathon Trust, Josie received the award in recognition of her dedication, overcoming diversity, inspiring others and making a positive impact on her community. Congratulations Josie!



Fusion 1 Ladies are the Champions!

In February 2023, Fusion 1 Ladies competed in and won the British Premier Division! In an unforgettable season, the ladies played a total of 10 matches, winning 7, drawing 1 and losing only 2. This outstanding performance secured them top honours in the league. Congratulations!




Central Venue League at the Thunderdome

In November 2022, more than 80 players competed at Thunder’s Central Venue League (CVL), ran in association with London Region Basketball – a monthly tournament giving the very youngest players (U12s) a chance to taste competition.



Yu’s double triumph at Blackpool 4*

Tianer Yu was a double champion at the Stiga Blackpool 4* at a busy weekend which saw 135 individuals and 34 teams in action.

Yu won in the Junior Girls’ Singles final beating Jersey’s Commonwealth Games player Hannah Silcock 3-1, and in the Under-17s,  facing Silcock once more, though this time it was won in three straight. Well done Tianer!

You can read more here.



Thunder Girls Win Silver at the London Youth Games

Since its launch in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, the London Youth Games has provided opportunities for over 1.5 million young Londoners. This year London Thunder Basketball represented at the games playing in the 3×3 competition finishing 2nd in the girls category.

The event took place on the 5th September 2021 and featured teams from all over London. A massive congratulations to the Thunder girls who won silver.

You can read more here.



Thunder Players Selected For Aspire All Star National Tournament

The inaugural Aspire All-Star National Tournament took place on the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June 2022 at Manchester’s National Basketball Performance Centre. The event brought together Basketball England’s four ‘Super Regions’ – North, South, Central and London – for two days of competition.

Players selected from London Thunder were Amelia Orungbeja (u13s Girls), Joelle Sealy (u13s Girls), Myles Barry (u13s Boys), Henry Taiwo (u15s Boys), Josie Furner (u15s Girls) and Rihanna Loum Smith (u15s Girls).

You can read more here.



Larry Trumpauskas wins double at the Junior National Cup!

At the May 2022 Junior National Cup, Fusion’s Larry Trumpauskas – an unseeded player! – won both the U19 Junior National Boys’ singles title and the U15 Cadet title. Trumpauskas defeated top seed Connor Green, and his Fusion team mate Joshua Bruce collected the Bronze after losing out to Green in the semi-final. Congratulations both!



Watch: Steve Bucknall talks life and Birmingham 2022

Director of Basketball at London Thunder and Basketball England’s Head of Talent and Performance Steve Bucknall talks to Basketball England about his life and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

You can watch Steve’s story here.




Men’s Health visit the Thunderdome

Men’s Health, the world’s largest men’s magazine brand, recently visited the Thunderdome at the senior National League team’s first session back this Spring. They spoke to coach Steve Bucknall about the great work the club does with the youth of London and featured some of Thunder’s future champions!

The article can be found here.




Sport England & London Marathon Charitable Trust award to upgrade the Thunderdome

On 22 June 2020 Sport England and the London Marathon Charitable Trust awarded £257,000 for roof repairs, new LED lighting, improvements to the changing facilities and business planning support to London Thunder basketball club.




Global basketball superstar Steph Curry trains at the Thunderdome

Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors, NBA, held a private training session at the Thunderdome. Steph is a six-time NBA All-Star, and has been named the NBA MVP (most valuable player) twice and has won three NBA championships with the Warriors.





Thunder’s U18’s men reached the final 2 out of 128 teams entered in the National Cup. The match was a close affair with Thunder trailing 47-49 at the start of the final quarter. Unfortunately, they could not find a way through the Myerscough Spinners defence and the team from Preston ran out 68-55 winners. Thunder’s star man was their England international Josh Edwards who top scored with 23 points including 6 rebounds.





Fusion men’s senior team hosted Halton 1 from Cheshire and achieved a resounding 7-1 victory recording their first win of the season.




Fusion host international legends match

Fusion Table Tennis have celebrated the grand opening of their new 14 table home in the Thunderdome by hosting an international legends match featuring former world champions Jan-Ove Waldner & Jorgen Persson.



New Bermondsey Sports Foundation sponsors Lewisham Borough FC

The New Bermondsey Sports Foundation have sponsored Lewisham Borough (Community) FC for the 2014/15 season. Lewisham Borough are a community club who play on the Ladywell Arena, Catford and this sponsorship will provide them with new kits, training equipment, transport and admin costs.



Official opening of the Thunderdome

Sir Steve Bullock, the Mayor of Lewisham, has opened the Thunderdome, the new home of London Thunder Basketball and Fusion Table Tennis. The Thunderdome is an interim facility on the New Bermondsey site while the plans for Energize are being developed. Home to 2 basketball courts and 14 table tennis tables, the Thunderdome has quickly established itself as one of London’s most exciting new sports venues, and has been made possible by the support of Renewal, Lewisham Council, the L&Q Foundation and Basketball England in partnership with the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation.



OnSide launch partnership with the NBSF to create a Youth Zone at Energize

OnSide have launched a partnership with the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation and New Bermondsey developer Renewal to build a Youth Zone within Engerize, serving the young people of Lewisham and Southwark.

Based on their existing model, the Youth Zone at Energize will be open 52 weeks a year, seven days a week, giving young people aged 8 – 19 and those up to 25 with a disability, a place to socialise, be creative and inspire one another in their free time. Young people would be able to take part in a range of activities including dance, sport fitness, music and media and all for just 50p per visit.

For more information on Youth Zones and Onside see the below link.

London Expansion Plans



Thunder receive Olympic Legacy seats

Two hundred spectator seats which were part of the Aquatic Centre during the London 2012 Olympics have been given to Lewisham Thunder. These seats have been used to create a show court in the Thunderdome.




Outline planning permission granted for Energize

Lewisham Council has granted an updated outline planning consent for Energize. Providing facilities for a wide range of sports, Energize will be a multi-storey building, centered around a 3,000 seat show court.



Lewisham Thunder receive Mayor of London Award

Lewisham Thunder have received the Mayor of London’s Volunteer Award for “Team of the Year” presented by the Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall.



The New Bermondsey Sports Foundation creates interim sports facility

In order to grow sport in New Bermondsey, the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation has granted current U18 national champions Lewisham Thunder Basketball, and recent national champions Fusion Table Tennis, user agreements on a large warehouse opposite where Energize will be and within the New Bermondsey development site, so that they can create an innovative interim sports facility. The new facility will provide:

  • 2 basketball courts
  • 14 table tennis tables
  • Changing rooms
  • Wheelchair store room
  • A Canteen
  • Offices
  • Classrooms






Renewal commits £10 million towards Energize

Renewal, the developer behind the New Bermondsey regeneration, has committed £10m towards Energize, in that it is donating the land for Energize to the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation.


Through the establishment and funding of the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation, Renewal opened the Thunderdome in 2014. This sports facility is open throughout the week comprises 2 basketball courts and 14 table tennis tables and is home to London Thunder Basketball and Fusion Table Tennis Club, two of Lewisham's biggest community sports clubs who are open to new members. The Thunderdome receives 3,900 user visits per month.

New Bermondsey - Thunderdome
New Bermondsey - Thunderdome

Steven Norris

Chairman of the New Bermondsey Sports Foundation. Former Government Minister

John Inverdale


Brendan Jarvis

Head of Real Estate (EMEA) at Barclays Capital

Jordana Malik

Director, Renewal

Paula Craig MBE

Para athlete

Steve Bucknall

Performance Manager, Basketball England

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