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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.

It's down to us

Tue, 29 Sep 2020

It is important as ever to practice social distancing to help protect your family friends and community.

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day, benefiting their long-term physical and mental health and wellbeing.

This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

Contact Name
General Information
Contact Email
info@basketballengland.co.uk.
Contact Telephone
0114 284 1060
Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Leicester City Football Club Community Trust

Charity arm of Leicester City Football Club delivery community and school based sports initiatives.

Leicester Riders

Leicester Riders

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

Millfield Academy

Millfield Academy

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

Nuneaton Basketball Club

Nuneaton Basketball Club

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

English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy

English Martyrs Catholic Voluntary Academy

We are a small Voluntary Aided Catholic Academy with 119 children aged between 4 - 11 yrs old on roll and are federated with St Augustine's Catholic Voluntary Academy in Stamford.

Melton Mowbray Town Estate

Melton Mowbray Town Estate

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

Partners

  • NWL LSA
    Active Oadby and Wigston
    Charnwood LSA
    Safeguarding
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
    Sport England
    Active Leicester
    Active Rutland
  • Active Partnerships
    Leicestershire County Council
    Melton LSA
    Harborough LSA

Partners

  • Sport England
    Safeguarding
  • Equality Standard
    Harborough LSA
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Active Rutland
  • Active Oadby and Wigston
    Active Leicester
  • Blaby LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • Melton LSA
    Active Hinckley and Bosworth
  • NWL LSA
    Active Partnerships