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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

PfP Leisure

Not-for-profit organisation provided leisure facilities to clients across the country including local authorities. Manage over 120 leisure centres in England.

Howitt Primary Community School

Howitt is a larger than average Primary School with approximately 400 pupils. We are lucky to have our own purpose built Nursery so that children can learn here from an early age. In main school, there are 2 classes for each year group.

Nottingham Hoods Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball Club

12 teams, minis to seniors, male and female participants of any ability. Clubmark Club with local junior and national league teams. several school satellite clubs and a Wheelchair basketball club. Competes at local and national levels with England and Co

Chesterfield Flight Basketball Club

Established in 2016, Chesterfield Flight welcomes children of all ages to come and give basketball a try.
We have Under 12s, 14s and 16s who represent Chesterfield Flight both locally in the Nottinghamshire Mini and Sherwood Leagues and Nationally in th

Aldercar High School & Community Centre

Aldercar High School and 6th Form Centre is an important resource for all the community, providing an excellent service not only to students, but also to the wider community it serves.

U12s, U14s and U15s Basketball Training

U12s, U14s and U15s Basketball Training

Loughborough Comets Basketball Club is Loughborough's first representative basketball club. Providing a place for local basketball enthusiastic children and teens to get involved in the sport they love! Train with us and compete with us in friendly fixtures, against local oppositions.

Ball 4 All @ Loughborough

Ball 4 All @ Loughborough

Ball4All CIC was set up in 2012 by a former professional player as a non profit making organisation to help improve access to basketball coaching sessions and clubs across Leicestershire and 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.