Culford School
Sports and Tennis Centre
Bury St Edmunds
IP28 6TX

Culford School Website
Every Thursday

Club Members:
7.00pm - 8.15pm

First Team:
7.30pm - 9.30pm
The Bury Bombers are a wheelchair basketball
team based in Bury St Edmunds that caters for
people of all ages and abilities. The Club works
from grass roots to National League level with the
ethos of Courage, Inspiration, Determination
and Equality.
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Chairman & Head Coach Jill Anderson | jill@burybombers.org.uk | 01284 728458

The Club was formed in October 1997 by Jill Anderson, the Rix family and Paula Alldis.  It was originally called The Suffolk Young Braves because of a connection with the Suffolk Braves, an adult Club from Haverhill.  The club started by hiring one third of the sports hall at the Bury Leisure Centre.  Subscriptions were collected from the members while parents organised some fundraising.  However, the Club received a grant from St Edmundsbury Council, which discounted the Leisure Centre charges by one third.  

The Club’s first matches were at the South Yorkshire Open Championships,  held at Sheffield in August 1998.  The Club were able to fully finance this outing, fielding 6 players, 5 of whom were disabled.  They played teams from Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield and won every pool match.

The next venture was at the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball National Junior Games, which was held at Stoke Mandeville in September 1998.  The Suffolk Young Braves were the youngest team there, and although they lost most of their matches, they gained a lot of experience and won trophies for the ‘Most Sporting Team’.

Due to competing in these two competitions, the Club had used up a the majority of its funds.  However, the Bury Round Table came to the rescue, and a charity match was organised.  The Round Table were given chairs to use by the GB Development Manager (Gordon Perry), and after losing honourably (by a large margin!) to the Young Braves team, the Round Table handed over a cheque for £700.00.

More good news followed; in March 1999 the Club was awarded a grant of £5000 from the National Lottery and invited to join the National Development League, to play teams from around the country.  With this grant, the Club was able to purchase a number of reconditioned wheelchairs plus a new trailer, so transport from match to match would be much easier.  However the Club could not join the league as ‘The Braves’ because that name was already being used.  

So a new era ensued.

1997 - 1999: The Beginning