The Bulls matches LIVE on Facebook

The Bulls kick off the new season today in the UKWB North League 2. The Bulls’ development team take on four teams today at Penrith Leisure Centre with all games being streamed LIVE on Facebook.

Follow all of the action at the links below.

The Bulls 2 vs North Wales Knights
Tip off: 9:35am
Live from: 9:30am
Stream link: https://www.facebook.com/thebullsdsc/posts/1144766005722355

Carlisle Panthers 2 vs The Bulls 2
Tip off: 10:10am
Live from: 10:05am
Stream link: https://www.facebook.com/thebullsdsc/posts/1144767722388850

The Bulls 2 vs Tees Valley Titans 4
Tip off: 2:20pm
Live from: 2:15pm
Stream link: https://www.facebook.com/thebullsdsc/posts/1144768599055429

Wakefield Whirlwinds 2 vs The Bulls 2
Tip off: 4:40pm
Live from: 4:35pm
Stream link: https://www.facebook.com/thebullsdsc/posts/1144770825721873

The Bulls enter new UKWB League

The Bulls are excited to confirm that we have entered the new UKWB league structure, which is sponsored by RGK Wheelchairs Ltd.

The new UKWB organisation has set up North, Central and South leagues, playing all matches at centralised locations to keep the costs down to just £100 per team and £6 per player. All UKWB matches will be live streamed on their social media platforms.

The UKWB model is based upon the professional league in Germany, with able bodied players, players with learning disabilities and players with other disabilities that struggle to get classified under the IWBF classification system all being classified as 4.5 classification players. This is to promote inclusion and increase participation, ensuring the sport is truly open to all.

The Bulls are the only club playing in the UKWB structure to enter teams in two different regions; The Bulls have entered a development team in the North league and a competitive team in the Central league.

As a proud grassroots club focused on bringing new people in to wheelchair basketball, we will be able to offer our players invaluable minutes focused purely on development as well as competitive matches.

 


Development League

Our development team will be playing at Penrith Leisure Centre, Southend Road, Penrith, CA11 8JH.

All development matches will be played as 2 x 10 minutes halves.

The confirmed fixtures for the development team are;

20th October 2019
  • 9:35am – The Bulls 2 vs North Wales Knights
  • 10:45am – Carlisle Panthers 2 vs The Bulls 2
  • 2:20pm – The Bulls 2 vs Tees Valley Titans 4
  • 4:40pm – Wakefield Whirlwinds 2 vs The Bulls 2
3rd November 2019
  • 10:30am – The Bulls 2 vs Chester Phoenix
  • 12pm – Vikings vs The Bulls 2
  • 1pm – North Wales Knights vs The Bulls 2
  • 2pm – The Bulls 2 vs Carlisle Panthers 2
29th March 2020
  • 10am – Tees Valley Titans 4 vs The Bulls 2
  • 12pm – The Bulls 2 vs Wakefield Whirlwinds 2
  • 2pm – Chester Phoenix vs The Bulls 2
  • 3:30pm – The Bulls 2 vs Vikings

There will also be a knockout format cup competition on 19th January 2020.


Competitive League

Our competitive team will be playing at Wildcats Arena, Greenwood Road, Nottingham, NG3 7ED.

All competitive matches will be full 40 minutes matches and the top 2 teams will go to the national finals at the end of the season.

The confirmed fixtures for the competitive team are;

9th November 2019
  • 2:30pm – Wolverhampton vs The Bulls 1
18th January 2020
  • 12:30pm – Gloucester Blazers vs The Bulls 1
  • 4:30pm – Sheffield Steelers vs The Bulls 1
23rd February 2020
  • 10:30am – The Bulls 1 vs Steelers Wheelers
21st March 2020
  • 2:30pm – The Bulls 1 vs Leicester Cobras

About UKWB

UKWB is a not-for-profit organisation which has the simple aim to provide competitive sporting opportunities for everyone.

UKWB was founded in 2019 by Ray McBride and Lee Fawcett with the help of the title sponsor RGK Wheelchairs. Originally flourishing in the North of England, UKWB is based upon over two years of extensive work with younger players of wheelchair basketball.

UKWB founders McBride and Fawcett noticed that the provisions for younger players were not being met so, with the support of RGK, they offered a competitive league for all teams from around the UK to attend.

Jim Heggie, 1950 – 2019

 

 

 

The Bulls are deeply saddened to pass on the news that our dear friend Jim Heggie passed away on Monday 29th July 2019.

Jim co-founded our club and played for us for many years before retiring from playing a few seasons ago. Jim also held a number of positions within the club and charity, including head coach, chairman and until the end of last season he was a table official at all of our home games and served as match secretary organising all of our fixtures, often a thankless task.

In 2016, we were very proud to see Jim awarded the “Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year” award at the Bolton Sports Awards.

More importantly than any of that, Jim was a great friend to us all and we will miss him greatly. The thoughts of everyone at The Bulls are with Jim’s wife Maureen, their son Jack and the whole Heggie family.

Jim was well known and loved across the country within the wider wheelchair basketball community and we know many people will be heartbroken to learn of his passing.

We would like to invite everyone in the wheelchair basketball community to share as many memories as they would like to share about Jim and perhaps share some photos too.

We have set up a “Memories of Jim Heggie” page and we will put all of the memories and photos we receive in to a book for the Heggie family.

We’re rebranding!

Over the last few months, we have been working closely with our sponsors, Kresko Ltd, to give our charity’s brand a complete overhaul and a more professional look and feel.

Today we can officially unveil our new website, www.thebulls.org.uk, our new logo and our new name; “The Bulls Disabled Sports Club”.

The Bulls will continue to be based in Bolton for the foreseeable future but we feel the name change better reflects the present day position of the charity, with members from across the Greater Manchester area representing us on the court.

Renaming to be a “Disabled Sports Club” will also open up the possibility of providing other sports to our members in the future.