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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.

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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.


  • 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.


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.


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.


  • Only a hoop and basketball required for a match
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing


  • 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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This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

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Basketball England

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Maidstone Panthers Basketball Club

Maidstone Panthers Basketball Club

Maidstone Panthers are an expanding basketball club based at the YMCA in Maidstone (Loose).
Training Under 12's - Wednesday 1730-1630
Training Under 14 -16's - Wednesday 1830-1930
Training Under 14's- U16's Saturday 09:00-11:)0
Mens Open Play - Sunday

Kent Crusaders Basketball Club

Kent Crusaders Basketball Club

Basketball Club offering sessions for U8 all the way up to U16. We have sessions in Medway, Northfleet and Canterbury.

Guru Nanak Sports Club

Guru Nanak Sports Club

We aim to provide quality basketball development for youths and adults in Gravesham and the surrounding area. We have been an affiliated member of basketballEnglans since 1991 and have won trophies at national and local level on a consistent basis over th

Dartford Basketball Club

Dartford Basketball Club

Local basketball club with men's, women's and junior basketball sessions entering into the Medway League

Swale Basketball Club

Swale Basketball Club

We hold basketball sessions for :
Under 10’s (School Years 5 & below) , under 12’s (School Years 6 & 7 ) , under 14`s (School Years 8 & 9) , under 16`s (School Years 10 & 11) , over 16′s and recreational ladies .

British Basketball Federation

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 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.

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

Sport For Fun - Whitstable

A multisport session for ALL children including those with physical and learning liabilities.

Each session will include:

Meet & Greet Games/

Heart Rate Raiser/

Physical Activity Session 1

Physical Activity Session 2

Cool Down using the essence of Yoga