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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.

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.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

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

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy

Tudor Grange Samworth Academy is an all through school. We have a wide range of sporting opportunities for all students in the Primary and Secondary phases. The school also welcomes the community as we take bookings in the evenings and weekends.

Millfield Academy

Primary School part of the LEAD Academy Trust. Member of the HBSSPAN. 2 form entry Reception to Year 6.

Robert Smyth Academy

Robert Smyth Academy

Step Out Youth Group

Step Out is a youth group based in South Wigston, running two nights a week. Tuesdays 6 pm till 7.30 pm & Fridays 6 pm till 8 pm
We run all kind of sports activities indoor and out. Run for 8 till 16 Year of age

Aylestone Leisure Centre

Aylestone Leisure Centre offers activities in our sports halls, together with our swimming pools and fitness suite.

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.

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.

Partners

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

Partners

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