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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.


  • 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.


Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) will welcome more than 6,600 athletes and team officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to the Gold Coast and event cities Brisbane, Cairn

National Sporting Heritage Day

Held on the 30th September every year, the day provides a focus point for sporting heritage in the UK.

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.


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


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