Founded in 1989, Worthing D&D is a community basketball club based in Worthing with over 150 members. The club’s sessions are mainly held within St Andrews High School. 

D&D is run by volunteers who are passionate about basketball as well as giving young people the opportunity to develop skills, learn about the game and be supported in fulfilling their potential through supportive and competitive coaching. 

The club is affiliated with Basketball England and is accessible for children from as young as six years old, right through to 18 where players can then progress to the Men’s Senior Team. 

D&D have supported and uncovered local talent countless times throughout the years with some of their players and members have progressed to play with (not only local team) Division 1 team Worthing Thunder, but also for the National League too.

The ultimate mission of D&D is, and always has been in providing young people with the opportunity to learn and progress through the basketball game. 

D&D enters each age group into the Sussex Basketball League and whilst winning is of course an added bonus, the benefits and experience from playing at a competitive level provides D&D’s team with invaluable experience and a deeper knowledge of the game. 

Not only do D&D pride themselves on supporting young people into developing an interest and progressing through the game at a physical level, but they also provide opportunities for progression into the wider aspects of the game, for example coaching, refereeing and tabling, all of which D&D support people in enrolling on and completing courses  for developing their basketball experience holistically. 

Whilst D&D aren’t all about the glory and winning, it’s important note that their 2019/20 season was particularly impressive for all of their age groups, with nearly all of them finishing within the top 5 of the overall league table, and the Men’s team, one of their under 16 team and one of their under 14 team  finishing top of the league – another great season for the club. 

D&D are Worthing’s only  local league community club that provides opportunities for all; realising that there were limited options available locally that allowed women to have the opportunity to play basketball, D&D launched their Ladies team D&D Dragons in 2017 and the team continue to go from strength to strength as they navigate the competitive local ladies league. 

Administrator, Penny Marshall, attributes the club’s success to the welcoming atmosphere and ethos of the club which results in life-long friendships being made as members learn the sport together and develop their skills alongside supportive team-mates. 

Penny hopes that the club engenders a feeling of belonging that brings youngsters from different parts of the area together and as well as providing opportunities for them to develop fitness, but also to take their passion and skills as far as they want – whether this be playing or getting involved with officiating which Penny and the club believe give back to not only the sport, but the community as a whole. 

When asked what D&D are most proud of, Penny shares; “The Junior club has now been running for 21 years, it is made up entirely of volunteers who give up their time to coach, to develop skills which enables youngsters to compete in the local league.  Parents also get involved with helping out, and many of them have gone on to take coaching and officiating qualifications.  We are very proud of the fact that the majority of our men’s team is made up of players who have started with the club as Juniors – the club does not stop once you reach 18!   We also have started a Women’s team which is slowly growing and also a “Senior” men’s team for those who feel that the local competitive league is not for them, meaning that people of any age can continue to play.  So, we like to think we are fully inclusive!”

D&D’s passion for not only basketball, but the inclusivity and accessibility for all of its members is testament to the club’s longevity as members progress through teams from as young as six, to being proud members of the senior team, or giving back to the club and the community as they take on officiating roles to enable more young people to get into a sport they love and develop life-long skills and friendships along the way.

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