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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

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National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

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

Norfolk Schoolgirls' Basketball Team

Norfolk schoolgirl’s basketball team

Great Yarmouth College

Newly renovated Sport and Wellbeing Centre at Great Yarmouth College.

Green Canaries Wheelchair Basketball Club

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

Thetford Academy Community Sports Centre and TTA Fitness

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Dereham Leisure Centre

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UEA Sportspark

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Basketball in the Community

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Train With Premier

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Archery and Basketball at Thorpe St Andrew School

Archery and Basketball at Thorpe St Andrew School

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