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Basketball

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.

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.

Campaigns

Parents in Sport Week: 1-7 October

This year’s Parents in Sport Week takes place 1 – 7 October 2018.

Watch top level sport in Leicester-Shire

Leicestershire and Leicester's amazing sporting offer.

Local Programmes

Daily Boost

The Daily Boost aims to encourage children and young people to do 15 minutes of organised activity at school every day.

Team Leicestershire

Team Leicestershire is the umbrella association for the traditional competitive school sport offer across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.

Partners

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

Partners

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