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Basketball

What is Basketball?

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.

The Mission for Basketball England is to govern and enhance the sport of Basketball in England. To encourage and enable people to participate in basketball regardless of their ability, age, gender, status, disability or ethnic background and to lift the performance and quality of basketball throughout England.

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.

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Local Programmes

School Games (Leicester-Shire & Rutland)

A unique opportunity to motivate and inspire young people to take part in more competitive school sport.

Team Leicestershire

'Team Leicestershire' is the umbrella Association for all traditional competitive school sport in secondary schools across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

Trans World Educational Experiences

Trans World (TWEDEX) are one of the biggest providers of sports tours, aimed to educate, empower and inspire the minds of young people.

Your Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance

A Local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (LSA) is a collection of people who have a desire to develop and promote sport and physical activity in their locality.

Partners

  • Leicester City Council
    Leicestershire County Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council
    Equality Standard
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Loughborough University
    Blaby District Council
    Age UK L&R
    Rutland County Council
    Harborough District Council
  • Melton Borough Council
    County Sport Network
    Sport England
    Charnwood Borough Council
    Safeguarding
  • East Midlands Platform
    British Heart Foundation
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    QUEST

Partners

  • Age UK L&R
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
  • County Sport Network
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
  • Charnwood Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
  • Loughborough University
    Leicestershire County Council
  • QUEST
    Harborough District Council
  • Sport England
    British Heart Foundation
  • Leicester City Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Melton Borough Council