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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.

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National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

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Contact Email
info@basketballengland.co.uk.
Contact Telephone
0114 284 1060
Legacy Leisure

Legacy Leisure

Riverside Leisure Centre is a large fitness facility offering a 100 station gym, Queenax functional training studio, over 150 weekly instructor led and virtual group exercise classes, indoor cycling studio, 6 court sports hall and 2 squash courts.

Exeter & District Basketball Association

Exeter & District Basketball Association

We are the 'local' association registered with Basketball England covering amateur basketball for all ages covering the area from Plymouth to Taunton, Torbay to North Devon.

Wonford

Wonford

Wonford Sports Centre offers a newly refurbished 40 station gym, dedicated free weights pump room, sports hall, relaxing sauna, all weather AstroTurf pitch and an indoor cycling studio. We also offer a great group exercise programme offering 30 classes a

Bicton College

Bicton College

Bicton College is set in the beautiful East Devon Countryside. We are a part of The Cornwall College group and provide education for students from 14-16, FE16-19 and HE Degree courses. Here you can study a wealth of courses from Military, Arboriculture, H

Teignbridge District Council

Teignbridge District Council

Teignbridge Leisure consists of 3 Leisure Centres (Newton Abbot LC, Broadmeadow SC and Dawlish LC), 1 outdoor pool (Teignmouth Lido) and Shaldon Approach Golf.

Torbay Leisure Centre

Torbay Leisure Centre

Located in the heart of Paignton we are a leisure centre offering a 25m swimming pool as well as a trainer pool, 92 station gym, including Queenax Rig, sports hall, 4 squash courts,a friendly onsite café and even a Velopark.

Taunton Tornados Basketball Club

Taunton Tornados Basketball Club

Taunton Tornados basketball club offers youth teams as well as a ladies team and a mens team.

We are a fun friendly club focussed on teaching the sport at a grass roots level making it accessible for all.

Basketball Academy Head Coach

The Leicester Riders Foundation Basketball Academy is an elite development opportunity for young people inspired to play basketball within Leicester City, Leicestershire County and the East Midlands. The LRF Basketball Academy is part of the Leicester Riders Basketball Club Elite Performance Pathway.

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