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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

The Mission for Basketball Scotland is to govern and enhance the sport of Basketball across the country. To encourage and enable people to participate in basketball regardless of their ability, age, gender, status, disability or ethnic background and to lift the performance and quality of basketball.

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 via this 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.

Getting Back into Sport

Thu, 23 May 2019

Being active doesn't have to be about going to a gym. Many people took part in a sport when they were a kid but may have fell away for a number of reasons. Getting back into a sport you used to love i

Basketball Pick Up

Keen to get back into the game or try a new sport? This coach led session offers basic skills and game play coaching along with 3 v 3 competition in a fun, social environment

Junior Twilight Basketball

Shell Twilight Basketball at Glasgow Club Bellahouston is a multi-sport session that provides young people with a fun and safe place to come and be active.

National Governing Bodies

Basketball Scotland

Contact Telephone
44(0)131 317 7260

Glasgow Devils Basketball Club

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

Eastbank Community Sport Hub

Eastbank Community Hub is a collection of sports clubs brought together in the Eastbank Community.

Glasgow Club Donald Dewar

Glasgow Club is Scotland's largest health and fitness club with 21 Gyms, 12 swimming pools and over 1,400 classes per week.

Victoria Park Pavillion

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

Glasgow Club Springburn

Glasgow Club is Scotland's largest health and fitness club with 22 Gyms, 12 swimming pools and over 1,400 classes per week.

Glasgow Club Yoker

Glasgow Club is Scotland's largest health and fitness club with 21 Gyms, 12 swimming pools and over 1,400 classes per week.

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

Glasgow Club Holyrood

Glasgow Club is Scotland's largest health and fitness club with 21 Gyms, 12 swimming pools and over 1,400 classes per week.

Glasgow Club Gorbals

Glasgow Club is Scotland's largest health and fitness club with 21 Gyms, 12 swimming pools and over 1,400 classes per week.

Somali Association in Glasgow

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

Multi-Sport Coach (Casual)

Wakefield Trinity Community Trust is looking to recruit a Multi-Sport Coach to deliver our Wakefield District School Sports Partnership (SSP) provision in schools within the Wakefield district and surrounding regions.