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Team Birmingham Bullets basketball club move to Fenton
Birmingham Bullets
After going into liquidation in 2006, the Bullets are now competing in the EBL

Team Birmingham Bullets basketball team are moving to Fenton Manor Sports Centre in Stoke-on-Trent.

They will play all their home games there for the EBL 2009/10 season starting in January 2010.

The move came about after the Birmingham A's team complained to the authorities about the team playing in the second city.

"It's a 1400 seater arena, that wants basketball played here," said Bullets head coach Des Williams.

"The authorities have been very understanding and asked us to find another venue, but all the places in Birmingham with a suitable capacity are taken".

"We decided to move to Fenton Manor, rather than get involved in the petty politics of Birmingham basketball."

Hotbed of talent

The Birmingham Bullets are one of the most famous names in British basketball, winning the British Basketball League Playoffs twice during the nineties.

The club resigned from the BBL in the summer of 2006 and went into liquidation soon after that.

It has now re-launched and re-named as Team Birmingham Bullets, and will play in the English Basketball League Division 4 for the remainder of this season.

From next September the plan is to have Team Birmingham competing in Europe, with a men's and junior teams set up to play at Fenton Manor in their place.

Bullets training session

Des Williams and his team of coaches are also operating an academy, trying to find the best new players in the local area. They've already adopted Northwood Basketball Club as a feeder team.

Potential players are being urged to go along to the Bullets second training ID camp at Fenton Manor on Sunday 31 January, 2010 1.00pm - 5.00pm. It costs £10 to take part.

The Bullets' first game at the Fenton Manor complex is against Reading Rockets, on January 24, 2010 at 2pm. Tickets at £3




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