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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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General Information
Contact Email
info@basketballengland.co.uk.
Contact Telephone
0114 284 1060
Nottingham Hoods Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball Club

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

Harvey Hadden Sports Village

Harvey Hadden Sports Village

Harvey Hadden Sports Village opened September 2015 with the only 50m pool in Nottingham to offer public swimming every day. The £16m redevelopment is the largest investment of Nottingham City Council's Leisure transformation Programme.

The National Church of England Academy

The National Church of England Academy

Prime sports facilities that are available for hire to the local community in the evenings and the weekends.

Portland College

Portland College

Portland provides access to a wide range of inclusive sports including Boccia, Table Cricket, Wheelchair Rugby, Powerchair Football, New Age Kurling, Football and many more

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Barnsley Premier Leisure

Multi-use Leisure centres ion Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire

Basketball England: Project Swish

Basketball England: Project Swish

The Basketball England campaign #ProjectSwish, which provides free nets for outdoor hoops across the country, has a new target and an expanded remit in 2021. With lockdown finally eased and park and playground courts accessible again, Basketball England is determined to put more nets on hoops so ballers can enjoy their basketball again.

Nottinghamshire Basketball Association