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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.

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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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


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


  • 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.

Connect | Watch | Take Part

Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Leicestershire and Leicester's amazing sporting offer.

Make your Move

Tue, 06 Nov 2018

The greatest benefits to our physical and mental health comes when we go from doing no physical activity at all to doing just a little bit!

Team Leicestershire

Team Leicestershire is the umbrella association for the traditional competitive school sport offer across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

Your local Physical Activity, Sport & Health Team

Delivering programmes to support you to become more active.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

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0114 284 1060

Ivanhoe College

Specialist Technology College in North West Leicestershire

Ashby School

We want all students to enjoy and succeed within our Physical Education Curriculum. We will provide a broad range of opportunities for students to progress and develop in confidence.

Aylestone Leisure Centre

Aylestone Leisure Centre offers activities in our sports halls, together with our swimming pools and fitness suite.

Charnwood College Rider

A basketball club and academy.

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

Hinckley Special Olympics Club

Inclusive Multi-Sport & Social Club which meets every friday evening from 4.30 pm to 6.30pm. Has disabled facilities. Principle sport played is boccia.

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Charity arm of Leicester City Football Club delivery community and school based sports initiatives.

Ball 4 All @ Loughborough

Ball 4 All @ Loughborough

Ball4All CIC was set up in 2012 by a former professional player as a non profit making organisation to help improve access to basketball coaching sessions and clubs across Leicestershire and Rutland.

U12s, U14s and U15s Basketball Training

U12s, U14s and U15s Basketball Training

Loughborough Comets Basketball Club is Loughborough's first representative basketball club. Providing a place for local basketball enthusiastic children and teens to get involved in the sport they love! Train with us and compete with us in friendly fixtures, against local oppositions.

Rutland Conquerors Inclusive Basket Ball

Rutland Conquerors Inclusive Basket Ball

We have around 20 regular members , male and female, who range in age from 13 – 27 years and older. Majority of the members attend due to the flexibility of the session which is suitable to their disability. However we do have other young people attending who feel really comfortable in this relaxed group or are siblings to those that do attend.

Please note that the basketball sessions are run term time only. However we do occasionally meet during the holidays so please contact us to confirm whether or not the session is taking place

Multi-Sport Coach (Casual)

Wakefield Trinity Community Trust is looking to recruit a Multi-Sport Coach to deliver our Wakefield District School Sports Partnership (SSP) provision in schools within the Wakefield district and surrounding regions.


  • Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood LSA
    Melton LSA
    Active Leicester
  • Harborough LSA
    O&W LSA
    Equality Standard
    Active Rutland
    H&B LSA
  • Sport England
    Blaby LSA
    Active Partnerships


    Charnwood LSA
  • Blaby LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Active Rutland
    Active Leicester
  • Melton LSA
    Leicestershire County Council
  • Safeguarding
    Active Partnerships
  • H&B LSA
    Harborough LSA
  • Sport England
    O&W LSA