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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.

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.

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

Make your Move

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!

Watch top level sport in Leicester-Shire

Leicestershire and Leicester's amazing sporting offer.

Local Programmes

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day.

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.

Partners

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

Partners

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