Bulldogs Looking for Help on the Journey

Posted on: 24 Apr 2022

Bury St. Edmunds Basketball Club are currently seeking assistance ahead of what promises to be a huge 2022/23 season for them. “In the…

“In the past five years, we’ve seen the club grow from 17 players to more than 170.” Said Head Coach, Arron MacDonald. “Over that time, we’ve expanded our playing offer to the community from one junior boys team and one men’s team, to now running teams which cater for complete beginners aged 8 or 9, through to Senior Men’s and Women’s teams competing across three counties in local league and the National League. We regularly attract over 2,000 views on social media daily, and receive multiple enquiries to join the club every single day.”


Coach Arron MacDonald and the National League Men travelled almost 1,300 miles this season – and are one of the teams at the club who are looking for support with transportation for next season.

 

Due to the growth of the club, the Bulldogs are now looking for additional help from the community in order to maintain and grow its’ basketball offering ahead of the club’s 40th anniversary in 2023.

“The growth of the club has been superb – and we’re a little way ahead of where we’d planned on being”, said Coach MacDonald. “The challenge for us now is in building the infrastructure around the club, which is why we’re looking to hire some new coaches for our Junior teams – working alongside the superb coaches we have in-place, we’re looking for transport, we’re looking for additional sponsors to support the club – and we’re always looking for more volunteers.”

 

The club has welcomed former England Coach and ex-professional player Nick Fearon as a player and coach this season, joining a National Cup-winning Coach in Hayley Rigby, and award-winning coaches Joanna Brawn and Arron MacDonald, as well as the club’s Senior Local League Coaches, Glenn Collins, David Wise and Leanne Lockwood.

With the Men’s National League side having to travel almost 1,300 miles for their ten away fixtures this season, and the club looking to reinstate their Junior National League sides to the competition for the first time since the pandemic, transport is proving a key challenge for the club.

“We must have spoken to every hire company in the area” said Coach MacDonald, “We’ve spoken to community organisations, schools and colleges – it seems that nobody has a minibus that they’re willing to hire out. Not only is travelling together a much more positive experience for the players – allowing them to build better relationships with one another – if players and their parents are driving to games, the cost can be a barrier to participation – and we want to do everything we can to make sure that people who are interested in playing can do so.”

 

If you’re able to support or work with the club either by providing transport, working as a coach (or volunteering in another role), or are interested in becoming a club sponsor, please get in touch via email at: bulldogsbasketball@hotmail.co.uk

 


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