Satellite Clubs

Satellite clubs are local sport and physical activity clubs that are designed around the needs of young people and provide them with positive, enjoyable experiences that make it easy for them to become active or to develop more regular activity habits.

Clubs help attract a new range of participants into basketball, increase opportunities to be active locally and enable a smoother transition from school to community participation.

Satellite clubs are driven by accredited basketball clubs, or delivery agents, with the aim of creating regular informal opportunities for participants who do not currently have the access to or have not made the commitment to regular club basketball, or are completely new to the game.

Satellite clubs have an informal, relaxed style of activity, with fun and enjoyment at the heart of the club. The club will attract players who probably haven’t tried the sport before and so club coaches will use fun games and competitions to get them involved to help them to stay within the club.

Sessions are open to players of all abilities and are usually cheap to attend or free. No need to book or pay a membership membership.

To find out more about Satellite Clubs and where your closest one is taking place, please email satellite@basketballengland.co.uk

 

 What are Satellite Clubs? 

  • You will find most Satellite Clubs part of a bigger club network. They are a great way to play the game in an informal setting
  • Most Satellite clubs are based at a secondary school, college or community site
  • If you are between 11-18 years old, 25 if it is disability focused then you can join in! 
  • All coaches at Satellite Clubs are accredited and are supported by a network of young leaders
  • What to expect at a Satellite club? A mix of games, competitions and coaching specifically designed for young people
  • The sessions are mixed or boys/girls only, depending upon the local club
  • Satellite Clubs would usually run for 1 to 1.5 hours, typically at a time between 4:00 – 8:00pm.

 

Want to set up a Satellite Club?

We are able to support satellite clubs to be set up financially for many clubs. Unfortunately, the application window is currently closed, however, will open soon for the 20-21 season so be sure to check here regularly to see what the applications open.

Case Studies

Wildcats and Wild Kittens Basketball Club - Special Olympics Truro

The Wildcats and Wildkittens Basketball satellite club sessions are disability focused training sessions for individuals with a disability and encourages this an opportunity for families to play basketball together. Across the two sessions, there have been over 40 members registered with the clubs, with 20-30 regular attendees.

The club works closely with Truro College for facility use and educational advancements by working with local college students and delivering taster sessions. The clubs are affiliated with Special Olympics, offering potential representative honours within basketball.

A volunteer Abby has since left the club to pursue disability coaching at the University of Worcester to further her passion for coaching/

Two participants from the club, Charlotte and Adrian both attended the Special Olympics World Games to represent GB in Basketball. This would never have happened without the satellite club funding. We have also had seven players attend the SOGB National summer games and hope to take nine players to the SOGB summer games in 2021. 

Worthing Thunder currently run 6 satellites sessions invariousschools from Worthing to Barnham we have a mix of girls and boys andrun a disability session, these are of mixed age groups from year7s through too years 10s and in the disability sessions we have variousage groups

Worthing Thunder currently run 6 satellites sessions invariousschools from Worthing to Barnham we have a mix of girls and boys andrun a disability session, these are of mixed age groups from year7s through too years 10s and in the disability sessions we have variousage groups

Worthing Thunder

Worthing Thunder currently run 6 satellite clubs sessions within the Worthing area in various schools. The sessions are mixed ability and have age ranges from Year 7 to Year 10 children taking part. Around 170 children have registered to be a part of the sessions.

Thunder further engage both the children and family by offering free or discounted tickets for satellite club attendees to their home games. A number of children from the satellite club sessions now play in their National League teams.

Despite satellite sessions running for 20 weeks, there is high demand for the sessions to carry through the year, including the summer, due to the sessions being fun and rewarding for the participants.

''He hasn't had the easiest time growing up.....but basketball changed his life more than you ever know!'' - ParentHe hasn’t had the easiest time of growing up -(in fact I’m surprised sometimes he is still a good kid)but basketballchanged his life more than your ever know