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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.

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National Governing Bodies

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Dream Chaser Youth Club

Dream Chaser Youth Club

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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.