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.

Press Release: The Bulls launch urgent fundraising appeal

Local wheelchair basketball charity, The Bolton Bulls Wheelchair Basketball Club, have launched an urgent fundraising appeal.

Bolton Bulls are hoping to raise £5,000 to help the charity pay for the annual running costs beyond the current 2018-19 basketball season.

The high running costs include weekly training sessions and competitive home matches requiring court hire, officials fees and other costs.

Steve Aston, Club Secretary at Bolton Bulls, said ”The club in its most basic form costs around £5,000 per annum to run. This figure doesn’t include any capital costs such as the purchase of basketball specific wheelchairs which cost in the region of £2-3k.”

“Given the lack of sponsorship available in the sport generally and more specifically in the lower divisions we’re heavily dependant on grants and the generosity of the public and local businesses.”

As the only club in Bolton and the surrounding areas, Bolton Bulls provide a vital sporting and social activity for disabled people and able bodied people on a weekly basis.

As an all inclusive club, Bolton Bulls can offer a rare opportunity for people of all genders, age groups, abilities and disabilities to play together in one team. Bolton Bulls are very much a grassroots club, with many players being new to the sport over the last year or two.

Kayli English, 17, has played for Bolton Bulls for 2 years and has recently represented the North West at the National Junior Championships.

Kayli said “Bolton Bulls is the club that first introduced me to wheelchair basketball at the ‘Sport On The Square’ event in Bolton and since joining the club in 2016 they have helped me develop my ability and knowledge of the sport, allowing me to become a more competent player.”

“The club have also introduced me to other pathways such as Junior League and regional skills camps which aid my progression. I aspire to further my skills within basketball and hopefully play wheelchair basketball at Paralympic level.”

“As well as developing my basketball skills, Bolton Bulls have helped me with other things outside of sport for example my confidence. Before I joined, I tended to be rather shy in social situations whereas playing basketball with the team has brought out and strengthened my confidence.”

A fundraising page has been set up on JustGiving at https://www.justgiving.com/urgent-appeal-for-bolton-bulls and the charity is appealing to anyone who is able and willing to help them to give what they can.

The club is also hoping to speak to local businesses regarding sponsorship opportunities and would invite any interested businesses to contact the club at boltonbulls@gmail.com.