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.
In September 1999, the Club had a change of name. The members chose the Bury Bombers,
and a donation from King Edward VI School’s Year 11 allowed new kit to be purchased.
Also in this month, the Club went back to the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball
National Junior Championships, this time with a new coach, Jill Anderson, who had
recently passed her Level 2 Coaching Qualification.
This time, an 8ft Championship was included along with the 10ft one, and the Club
decided, because of the age of its players, to go into the 8ft competition. In their
new kit, the team played fantastically, only losing to one team all weekend. They
finished a brilliant second, with Hugh Anderson being awarded the Most Promising
Junior Player of the Championships. Hugh was also joint runner up in the Bury Free
Press Sports awards along with with Brian Alldis, receiving the Courage in Sport
Award. The Club began their season in the Development League and by the end of the
1999/2000 season gained valuable experience of match play.
In October 1999, the Club again played the Round Table. This time, the Round Table,
having had one match experience, were more confident. However, the Bury Bombers
beat them 22 – 0, netting £550
In September 2000, the Bury Bombers were invited to the Bury Free Press Sports Awards,
and were represented by Hugh Anderson and Brian Alldis. The Club won the Courage
in Sport Award. The Club again entered a team into the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball
National Junior Championships for the third time. This year, the team destroyed
the opposition, winning most of their games, and beating the Lord Mayor Treloar College
12 – 2 in the final.
September 2000 also marked the arrival of the new season for the Bury Bombers in
the Development League, and after a fantastic season they won many games, and won
the Eastern Region Division.