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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.


Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth

Local Programmes

Leicester-Shire & Rutland GO GOLD Athletes

Take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current athletes, supported by the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

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.


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


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