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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

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National Governing Bodies

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Hinckley Special Olympics Club

Inclusive Multi-Sport & Social Club which meets every friday evening from 4.30 pm to 6.30pm. Has disabled facilities. Principle sport played is boccia.

Sir Jonathan North Community College

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

Leicester Warriors Girls Basketball Club

We provide fun girls only basketball sessions to all ages and ability.

Leicester Riders

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

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.

Nuneaton Basketball Club

Providing competitive youth basketball opportunities for the from Nuneaton/North Warickshire and streching as far afield as Hinckley & Market Bosworth.

Leicester Warriors

We are an established National League Club with a proven track record in the Basketball England leagues and a good reputation for supporting fellow teams, National Teams, Regional Performance Centres and the Governing Body. The club also has an extensive

Rutland Conquerors Inclusive Basket Ball

Rutland Conquerors Inclusive Basket Ball

We have around 20 regular members , male and female, who range in age from 13 – 27 years and older. Majority of the members attend due to the flexibility of the session which is suitable to their disability. However we do have other young people attending who feel really comfortable in this relaxed group or are siblings to those that do attend.

Please note that the basketball sessions are run term time only. However we do occasionally meet during the holidays so please contact us to confirm whether or not the session is taking place


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


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