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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.

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National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

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0114 284 1060

Robert Smyth Academy

Robert Smyth Academy

Loughborough University

Loughborough is extremely proud of its reputation for providing the best student experience. From its earliest days Loughborough University has produced research that matters, with strong links with industry, commerce and the professions.

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.

Step Out Youth Group

Step Out is a youth group based in South Wigston, running two nights a week. Tuesdays 6 pm till 7.30 pm & Fridays 6 pm till 8 pm
We run all kind of sports activities indoor and out. Run for 8 till 16 Year of age

Active Rutland

Rutland Local Sport Alliance (LSA) commonly known as Active Rutland acts as a key group in enabling key partners in sport, active recreation, health and physical activity in Rutland

Leicester Warriors Girls Basketball Club

We provide fun girls only basketball sessions to all ages and ability.

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.

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


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


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