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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. There is a basketball league in Essex with a range of clubs for people of varying abilities.

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

British Basketball Federation

Initially tasked with the objective of steering the Great Britain men's and women's basketball teams through to the London 2012 Olympic Games, British Basketball in its modern form has been in existence since December 2006.

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

High Rollers Wheelchair basketball club

We are hoping to get more people involved in disabled sport in Essex and to give more opportunities for young or newly disabled people to get active. Our sport is inclusive to everyone, you don't need a disability to play wheelchair basketball!

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