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.
At the end of the 2000/2001 season the Club nearly closed down. Many players left
the Club, some moving onto other sports, some concentrating more on school, and one
was offered a position with a club in a higher division.
The adult committee were very keen that the Bombers didn’t close down and so the
Club continued to meet but only used half of the Leisure Centre Hall to cut costs.
Basketball wheelchairs were used in a roadshow at a local school which generated
some interest resulting in an increase in Club numbers.
Although there were still only a few disabled players, the numbers increased with
the arrival of their able-bodied friends and the Club were able to hire the whole
hall, instead of just half, for the second part of the session. Once the Club attracted
more disabled players, the whole hall was able to be booked for the whole time.
The club received a grant from a Local Network Fund to enable the purchase of four
purpose built wheelchairs and to secure hire charges of the hall for the next year.