Get Inspired: How to get into Basketball

Fast Answers

Why get into basketball?

Its a fun and fast-moving team sport that improves your balance and builds endurance.

Who is it for?

Basketball can be played by people of any age, size or ability.

Is there a cheap option?

There are hoops at local parks across the UK. You just need to bring a ball!

What if I want a proper workout?

Throwing, catching, dribbling, passing and running will burn up to 600 calories an hour.

Can I take it to another level?

Why not play as part of a team and compete in a league, there are approximately 1,000 clubs in the UK.

Is there a disability option?

Wheelchair basketball is equally as fast paced and exciting as the traditional game.

Is there a family option?

Walking basketball is a friendly, low-impact version of the game, suitable for all ages and abilities.

More than 300,000 people are estimated to play basketball each month in the United Kingdom. All you need is a ball and hoop and there are thousands of outdoor courts across the country where you can play for free, so what are you waiting for?

Find your local club by using the England Basketball,  Basketball Northern Ireland,  Basketball Scotland  and Basketball Wales  club finders.

Basketball

Lebron James

Basketball is a mixture of running, jumping, pivoting and twisting helps improve balance and build endurance. It is also an excellent way to boost coordination and balance through dribbling, passing and shooting the basketball. As it is a team game, basketball is an excellent way to develop communication skills and learn to work effectively with other people. Clubs also offer a variety of social events beyond simply playing the sport.

Junior Basketball

children shooting a hoop

Clubs all over the UK have development programmes for young people interested in getting into the game. Basketball Scotland  provides detailed training for under-14 players through their Future Starz  programme and Basketball Northern Ireland  runs a number of summer training camps  for boys and girls aged 8-18. There's more on the elite side of the sport on the British Basketball website. 

Walking Basketball

Walking Basketball

Walking basketball  is a low-impact cardio exercise for all ages and abilities. The mixed game encourages camaraderie and team-working. It combines friendly banter with healthy competition and is perfect for many different ages and physical disabilities. It also suits the over 50s, business workers, post-pregnancy mums and people trying to get back into sport. Find out out how to get involved in walking basketball  and see the sport in action.

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair Basketball is an incredibly popular sport, which embraces a wide range of different disabilities. There are also programmes specifically for women and juniors and in some divisions, able bodied players are eligible to compete too. Use the British Wheelchair Basketball's club finder  to find an opportunity to play near you. With over 65 teams in the National Wheelchair Basketball League, who knows, you might become and Wheelchair Basketball star!

Coaching and volunteering

Joe and Maggie Forber win the BBC Sports Unsung Hero award for the North West region in 2013.

Success in sport is impossible without quality coaching. Visit British Wheelchair Basketball   for information about coaching wheelchair basketball. Meanwhile England Basketball,   Basketball Wales,  Basketball Scotland,  and Basketball Northern Ireland  have further details on their websites. You can also try Sports Coach UK. 

Whether you're making the tea, washing the kit, or repairing equipment, becoming a volunteer is a great way to get involved with the game. Find out about volunteering opportunities with JoinInUK  who can help you find a club that needs your 'hands on' attention.

What's next?

1. Go to our Activity Finder to get into basketball near you.

2. Find your local basketball opportunities by using the England Basketball,  Basketball Northern Ireland,  Basketball Scotland  and Basketball Wales  club finders.

3. Share your story  and inspire others

Are you inspired to try basketball? Or maybe you are a keen enthusiast already? Get in touch and tell us your experience of the sport by tweeting us on @bbcgetinspired,  visiting us on Facebook  or email us on getinspired@bbc.co.uk.

See our full list of activity guides for more inspiration.