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Basketball is a game played by two teams of usually five players each on a rectangular court having a raised basket or goal at each end, points being scored by tossing the ball through the opponent's basket.

See Also:
Wheelchair Basketball

An Overview of Basketball

Basketball can be played by people of any age, size or ability and with thousands of outdoor courts across the country - where you can play for free - there's plenty of places to practice if you don't fancy competing with a team.

Benefits

  • The mixture of running, jumping, pivoting and twisting helps improve balance and build endurance.
  • Excellent way to boost coordination and balance through dribbling, passing and shooting the basketball
  • Team game nature means it is an excellent way to develop communication skills and learn to work effectively with other people.

Costs

It is a cheap game to set-up, with only a hoop and basketball required for a match. Thousands of outdoor courts can be found across the country in parks and recreation areas where you can play for free.

Involvement

For people looking to receive coaching, play as part of a team and compete in a league, there are approximately 1,000 clubs in the UK which can be found in sport centres, schools, colleges, universities and gyms. Local clubs can be found by visiting the Basketball England website.

Equipment

  • Only a hoop and basketball required for a match
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing

Facts

  • Men's basketball was introduced to the Olympics in 1936, with women given their own competition in 1976.

Find Basketball Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day, benefiting their long-term physical and mental health and wellbeing.

This Girl Can

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No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can seeks to tell the real stories of women who get active or play sport in the way that’s right for them using images that show what activity really looks like in all its glory.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
info@basketballengland.co.uk.
Contact Telephone
0114 284 1060
Leicester Warriors

Leicester Warriors

We are an established National League Club with a proven track record in the Basketball England leagues and a good reputation for supporting fellow teams, National Teams, Regional Performance Centres and the Governing Body. The club also has an extensive

Leicester Riders

Leicester Riders

After having a treble-winning 2012/13 season, the Riders are looking forward to expanding and outshining their already sparkling, trophy cabinet.

Basketball

Charnwood College Rider

A basketball club and academy.

Morningside Arena Leicester

Morningside Arena Leicester

The Morningside Arena, Leicester is the largest and most flexible indoor space in the city of Leicester, and can be used for conferences, exhibitions, music and comedy events, large-scale dinners, celebrations, product launches, parties, weddings, or any

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Leicester City in the Community (LCitC) is an independent, registered charity. LCitC harnesses the power of football to inspire individuals to achieve their full potential.

Stokes Wood Primary School

Stokes Wood Primary School

Stokes Wood Primary School

Partners

  • Equality Standard
    Leicestershire County Council
    Blaby LSA
    Safeguarding
    NWL LSA
  • Harborough LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Charnwood LSA
    Melton LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Active Leicester
    Active Rutland

Partners

  • Active Leicester
    Active Partnerships
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    NWL LSA