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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

Green Canaries Wheelchair Basketball Club

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

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Norfolk Schoolgirls' Basketball Team

Norfolk schoolgirl’s basketball team

Basketball in the Community

Norwich Basketball In the Community is an organisation which aims to increase the provision and participation of youth and adult basketball in Norwich and surrounding areas. Basketball In the Community strives to provide inclusive basketball education for

Great Yarmouth Basketball

The home of basketball on the East Norfolk coast. Whether you're new to the game, a seasoned pro, or just looking to improve your skills - we have a session for you.

North Walsham Sports Centre

At North Walsham Sports Centre you can enjoy a vast array of activities in our sports hall, tennis courts and gymnasium too.

Great Yarmouth College

Newly renovated Sport and Wellbeing Centre at Great Yarmouth College.

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

UEA Sportspark

Sportspark originally opened its doors for the first time in 2000. Funded primarily by the Lottery and Sports England it has become one of the most successful community sport facilities in the UK.

Basketball night

Basketball night

Social open basketball session which takes place every Saturday evening

Basketball Open Run (18+)

Basketball Open Run (18+)

Weekly pick-up basketball session for intermediate / returning players. No membership fee, no hassle, just pay-and-play.

FREE youth session reopening in Thetford

FREE youth session reopening in Thetford

Mixed gender ages 11-19
All abilities welcome

Every Monday 6-7pm

Relationship & Co-Ordination Manager - London, South East & South

We have a great opportunity for a Relationship & Co-Ordination Manager (covering London, the South East and the Southern Regions) to join our team, delivering a series of exciting participation programmes to retain and grow the number of people playing basketball in England. We are looking for an outstanding candidate who can deliver a high standard of project management alongside creativity, offering excellent customer service in a fast-paced environment.