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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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National Governing Bodies

Basketball England

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0114 284 1060

Sport Works (Yorkshire) Ltd

Sport Works has a clear vision – to improve health, education and employment skills by harnessing the power of sport and leisure.

Aligned to this, we specialise in working with schools and disadvantaged/ disabled groups to improve health outcomes via

St Bede's and St Joseph's Catholic College

We are a secondary school based on 2 sites. Ardor Site is the formally St Bede's School and Ignis which is the formally St Joseph's site.

Bradford Dragons EBL

Bradford Dragons offer a range of basketball opportunities for people of all ages and abilities. This includes coaching sessions throughout the District. We are inclusive and pride ourselves in being a friendly and family orientated club.
Our first team


York Vikings Basketball Club

Offers Junior National League playing Opportunities. Senior Mens and Ladies Squads and Inclusive (Wheelchair) Basketball opportunities

Accelerate Coaching

Doncaster's premier personal training & sports performance business where everyone can 'train like an athlete' when led by our team of professionals.

U16 Basketball coaching sessions

U16 Basketball coaching sessions

Basketball coaching for U16 boys and girls [school years 8 -11] for beginners and improvers. We are hoping to pull together enough players to form an U16 team to play friendly matches against other local non national league teams. We plan to hold central venue league events at U16 level in partnership with other local clubs and coaching sessions. We provide a pathway on to the Bradford Dragons BC junior national league programme that plays in the EBL [national league] at U14, U16 and U18 levels

Alison Nolan

Club & Volunteer Development Officer

01142 841 060

Alison Nolan

Basketball England Club and Volunteer Development Officer

07525 809457


Lynsey Edwards

Basketball Foundation Project Hub Manager



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