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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.

See Also:
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.

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.

Find Basketball Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

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Fri, 20 Jul 2018

Leicestershire and Leicester's amazing sporting offer.

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!

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.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
info@basketballengland.co.uk.
Contact Telephone
0114 284 1060

Charnwood College Rider

A basketball club and academy.

Morningside Arena Leicester

The Morningside Arena, Leicester is the largest and most flexible indoor space in the city of Leicester, and can be used for conferences, exhibitions, music and comedy events, large-scale dinners, celebrations, product launches, parties, weddings, or any

Melton Mowbray Town Estate

Melton Mowbray Croquet Club is open to members of all ages and abilities.

Sir Jonathan North Community College

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

Nuneaton Basketball Club

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

Active Rutland

Rutland Local Sport Alliance (LSA) commonly known as Active Rutland acts as a key group in enabling key partners in sport, active recreation, health and physical activity in Rutland

Multi-Sport Coach (Casual)

Wakefield Trinity Community Trust is looking to recruit a Multi-Sport Coach to deliver our Wakefield District School Sports Partnership (SSP) provision in schools within the Wakefield district and surrounding regions.

Partners

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

Partners

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