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Basketball is one of the most popular and widely viewed sports in the world with the NBA the most significant league in the sport. Basketball is a fast paced game which involves two teams of five players on a rectangular court scoring into a raised basket at either end.

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Wheelchair Basketball

An Overview of Basketball

Basketball is an end to end game which involves moving the ball to and shooting into the opposition's basket. The ball can be passed or dribbled by bouncing the ball. Teams can score 2 points or 3 points depending on where on the court they shoot into the basket.

Basketball is popular in Glasgow and the city is host to it's own professional team, the Glasgow Rocks based at the Emirates Arena. There are also lots of opportunities to play basketball at club or recreational level across Glasgow. To check out Glasgow Sport's Basketball sessions please click here and for a list of Basketball clubs in Glasgow


  • Basketball is a fun sport that can be challenging, a good workout and enjoyable for all abilities.
  • 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.


Basketball is an inexpensive sport to start playing with no need for equipment when attending a session or club. Balls will be provided and you only need to come dressed suitably for indoor activity. Sessional costs will vary from provider to provider and it is best to contact them directly to discuss.


In Glasgow we basketball sessions for young people and drop in basketball for adults. There are also various clubs across the city and they can be found here


  • 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

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

Community Sport Hubs

Community Sport Hubs bring together sport clubs and key local partners who want to develop and grow the sporting offering in the community.

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.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball Scotland

Contact Telephone
44(0)131 317 7260
Scottish Sports Futures

Scottish Sports Futures

“Use the power of sport to inspire young people to make positive lifestyle choices”

Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) deliver “Sport for Change” programmes to over 12,000 young people each year.

Somali Association in Glasgow

Somali Association in Glasgow

We provide sports and activities targeted for the Somali community and is open for the whole community to get involved.


Glasgow Fever Basketball Club

Glasgow Fever is an inclusive basketball club, our club ethos is to promote positivity and respect for player, coaches, volunteers and officials at all levels and we believe success is not just about what happens on court. Fever caters for girls and boys

Glasgow Devils Basketball Club

Glasgow Devils Basketball Club

Our mission is to create more opportunities for young people and adults to play basketball by engaging with local communities.

Glasgow Rens Basketball Club

Glasgow Rens Basketball Club

A basketball club for young girls and boys. We offer
the opportunity to train on a weekly session basis and compete in both local and national competitions

Shettleston Community Sport Hub

Shettleston Community Sport Hub

Shettleston Community Hub is a collection of sports and physical activity groups based in and serving the community of Shettleston.

Victoria Park Pavilion

Victoria Park Pavilion

Offering free tennis, bowling, putting and basketball between March - September.

SAPC Community Sports Hub

SAPC Community Sports Hub

St. Angela’s Participation Centre (SAPC) is helping to embrace diversity and improve the lives of young people and their families in and around Greater Pollok

Drumchapel Sports

Drumchapel Sports

Drumchapel Sports is a Community Sports Hub made up of local voluntary led sports clubs, working towards the vision of a healthy, confident and inspiring community in Drumchapel.

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.

3 x Head Coach (Men & Women) 2 roles

British Wheelchair Basketball is the Sport’s National Governing Body across the UK, responsible for the sports governance and delivery at every level of the sport.

A new format of the game, 3×3, will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022
The Commonwealth Games will have 6 teams competing in each of the men’s and women’s competitions. Teams consist of 4 players, with 3 players on the court at each time.

Marketing & Communications Officer

The Marketing & Communications Officer will support the organisation in the communications, marketing and broadcast of British Wheelchair Basketball’s events, activities, competitions, initiatives, deadlines and GB teams.

TeamBU Basketball Coach

Bournemouth University (BU) are looking to recruit an experienced, qualified (level 2 or higher) and motivated coach to support our current coaching team in our basketball programme consisting of four performance teams (3 Men and 1 Women) in the British University & Colleges Sport (BUCS) leagues. BU has one of the most successful basketball programmes within the UK and have teams competing in the BUCS Premiership and Championship which we aspire to maintain.