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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.

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!

Rainbow Laces

Fri, 22 Nov 2019

Rainbow Laces – Come Out Active for LGBT equality in sport.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

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Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North College is an Outstanding all girls College based in Leicester.

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.

Rawlins Academy

Rawlins is an 11-18 Academy in Quorn

Aylestone Leisure Centre

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

Loughborough Grammar School (Boys 10-18)

Loughborough Grammar School is an all boys school ( 10-18) and is determined to provide opportunities for all abilities to represent the school in a wide range of sports.

Lutterworth Sports Centre

At Lutterworth Leisure Centre you can workout out, swim, or simply relax all under one roof.

Leicester Riders

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

English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy

We are a small Voluntary Aided Catholic Academy with 119 children aged between 4 - 11 yrs old on roll and are federated with St Augustine's Catholic Voluntary Academy in Stamford.

Relationship & Co-Ordination Manager - London, South East & South

We have a great opportunity for a Relationship & Co-Ordination Manager (covering London, the South East and the Southern Regions) to join our team, delivering a series of exciting participation programmes to retain and grow the number of people playing basketball in England. We are looking for an outstanding candidate who can deliver a high standard of project management alongside creativity, offering excellent customer service in a fast-paced environment.


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  • Blaby LSA
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    Charnwood LSA
    Sport England
    Leicestershire County Council


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