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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

Sprowston Community High School

We provide school facilities for wider community use during evenings, weekends and school holidays, when not being used by our students.

Green Canaries Wheelchair Basketball Club

We are a wheelchair basketball club based in the community of Norwich, Norfolk, consisting of junior and senior members.

Great Yarmouth Basketball

The home of basketball on the East Norfolk coast. We are a junior basketball club based at East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston-on-Sea.

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Hoop Dreams Norwich

HOOP DREAMS NORWICH IS A JUNIOR BASKETBALL ORGANISATION IN NORWICH THAT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHILDREN AGED 6 TO 16 YEARS OLD TO PLAY BASKETBALL IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT WHILE DEVELOPING THEIR SKILLS.
WE AIM TO RAISE THE AWARENESS OF TEAMWORK, FRIENDSH

Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre

Offering a whole host of sports and activities, Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre is dedicated to helping the local community get more active.

Train With Premier

Provider of accredited courses, training worksops and e-learning related to the sports, fitness and wellbeing industry - specialising in coaching sports to children in school settings. Our HQ in Shropham, Norfolk, hosts a wealth of courses. Discover, how

Stalham Sports Centre

The Stalham Sports Centre is central to helping keep the local community active, healthy, fit and, above all, happy.

The Sports Factory

We are passionate about sharing sport with people and the community. We want to see lives changed as a result of engagement with sport, faith and the church.