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.
Bombers were fortunate to gain the membership of Hugh Anderson for the 2009/10 season,
with his return to the area after university. The experience that he had gained playing
with Sheffield Steelers and at GB Under 23 level was to prove invaluable to the team.
They also welcomed newcomer Amy Conroy, an amputee, who travelled from Norwich to
play for both Div 3 and Juniors.
The 1st team won all 12 games played in Division 3 Central gaining promotion to Division
2 and were invited to the Play offs.
The Junior team (U19s) took second place at the national finals. This was the culmination
of a fantastic season for the youngsters. They came first in the Southern Division
of their league, being unbeaten throughout the season until they lost the final.
This has been the Bury Bombers most successful season to date. Both Junior and Senior
teams were undefeated in their respective divisions and put on stunning performances
in all matches.
The team were also grateful to Premier Foods for helping to purchase the new kit.
RGK agreed to sponsor the trophies for the coming seasons.
2010/11 saw a decision to enter a third team into the National League, at Development
level. The club also decided they needed a venue for senior games and training that
would give better facilities for the disabled. The club moved the training and match
venue to Newmarket Leisure Centre on a Tuesday evening, whilst retaining County Upper
for the Club and Junior players. This would require further financial input but the
committee backed the Coach in the need for better premises.
The 1st team had a marvellous season winning all their area games to give them 1st
place in Div 2 South and an invitation to the play offs where they lost to Cardiff
Celts in the final; a team the Bombers had beaten twice in the season. However, the
Bombers had won promotion to Division 1!
The development team played 10 games and won 8 to give them a chance to join Division
The Juniors (many playing for the last time because of age) again came second in
the National finals.
In the 2011/12 season was the one leading to the Paralympics. Bombers lost Amy Conroy
to the women’s squad. So with the first team gaining promotion to Division 1 everyone’s
performance had to be stepped up. The club had attracted Drew Stevenson, who had
trained at GB level and played in Italy. He captained the team, and was a great inspiration
to all the players throughout the season. The other first team players, Hugh, Chris,
Jack and Aiden, showed great commitment and performance. The first team finished
the season as runners-up and also beat the Division Champions.....twice! In their
final game, which was also the last game of the season, the team played some awesome
It was also decided to enter a team into Division 3. They joined the 1st team at
Newmarket for training and games, and had their own session. Although the second
team only won two of their games, they all showed great improvement in their game
This was the first season that the Bombers had not had a team in the junior league.
With the development of current youngsters added to the new players who have joined
Bombers, it is hoped to put a junior team into the U15 8 foot competition in the
It is worthy of note that BWB asked if Bury Bombers could enter a team in the Super
League for the following season.