The Bolton Bulls wheelchair basketball club provides wheelchair basketball to people of all ages, disabilities and gender from all over the North West of England including Bolton, Bury, Blackburn, Wigan and Stockport.
The new season is mere days away and Bolton Bulls are hard at work in preparation. So what exactly have we been up to? Well, as mentioned in a previous post Steve Aston has given up the Iron Throne, so we now have Chairman Andy Golightly in his place
We’ve also had some players move on to pastures new; Messrs Tom Bartley and Graeme Sneddon have bid farewell to the Bull-Pen and we wish them the best in their future endeavours. Into the Bulls fold we welcome new players: Chris Oakes-Courchene; Samantha Titterington; Graeme Lambert; and returning player Dale Speight.
Onto pre-season training then: Coach Dan Craddock entered his second season determined that we be fit and prepared for anything that the new league structure may throw at us. Lots of fitness drills have been the order of the day; and that means lots of pushing.
Pyramids (or Ladders if you prefer); Circuits; Pursuits; Suicides; Towing. Did I mention that’s a lot of pushing? Of course all that counts for nothing if we can’t score, so shooting drills have also been on the menu. The lesser experienced/newer players (or in my case, less talented), have been getting back-to-basics; learning the fabled pick-n-roll; the bread and butter of any basketball team.
As we've gotten closer to the new season, Bolton Bulls have been working on the trusty old play-book, working hard on plays as a team so that we're all on the same page, metaphorically speaking.
Off court, Bolton Bulls provided the wheelchair basketball stall at the Decathlon store sports-themed family fun day. We spent the day giving youngsters a chance to experience using a sports chair and shooting baskets, and generally raising awareness about the team and wheelchair basketball in general. The team had a great day and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Decathlon on behalf of us all here at Bolton Bulls for giving us the opportunity to take part.
We've also been hard at it with fundraising and this past weekend Bolton Bulls players and supporters descended en-masse to Sam Platts pub in Trafford Park to shake our fundraising buckets prior to the Manchester United vs QPR Premier League game. The generous patrons helped us raise £432.70 in total; many thanks to everyone that dug deep on the day.
Bolton Bulls will be going into the new season looking fresh will all new kit and off-court threads printed up by our good friends at Funky Monkey Creations. The new kit got an airing in a friendly game against Vikings 2009.
I think that pretty much covers it. Next season should be a fun one; due to a restructuring of the league, Bolton Bulls will be playing a few teams that we’ve never played before.