Facts and Figures.

Basketball in England in 2018

  • Over 300,000 people 16+ play basketball at least twice a month
  • 1 in 4 teenagers have played basketball at least once a month in the last year
  • 12% of these players are in NS-SEC 6-8, meaning that they are from less wealthy backgrounds. This is high compared to many other sports – basketball reaches people from all types of background.
  • 1 in 6 basketball participants are female – we are working to get more women and girls involved in basketball to make this percentage even higher!

Basketball England members

  • Basketball England has over 33,000 members playing in over 700 teams across local and national leagues
  • 10,000 Basketball England members are under 16
  • 6,600 of our members are female

In addition to our playing members…

  • We have 2300 active member coaches
  • We have 2200 active member officials

Sources: Active Lives Survey 2015-16: Year 1 Report – Sport England, 2017; Membership data 2016-17 season – Basketball England, 2017; Basketball England officials’ database – 2017. For further information on our data, please contact Dave Owen.


Women and girls' basketball in England


  • The latest Sport England data shows 26% of people 16+ who play basketball regularly are female, that’s just over 1 in 4
  • Basketball England has 6,600 female player members – 2,000 under 16 and 4,600 16+


  • We also have 386 female members who are active coaches
  • 300 are qualified to at least Level 2
  • 20% of our players are female, but only 5% of our coaches. We’re actively recruiting more female coaches to attract more women and girls into the game, and we have a target of 25% female members by 2021


  • We run women’s and girls’ competitions at all levels, with the option of co-ed participation for junior female players if desired
  • There are two women’s divisions in the National Basketball League, and 11 girls’ divisions in the Junior National Basketball League, as well as a thriving Women’s Elite Academy Basketball League, girls’ National Schools Competitions and co-ed Junior NBA Leagues
  • Winners of our women’s playoffs for the 2016-17 season were:
    • Women’s National Cup – Southwark Pride
    • Women’s NBL Division 1 – Southwark Pride
    • Women’s NBL Division 2 – University of Nottingham
    • WEABL – City of London Academy

National teams

  • There are England and Great Britain national women’s basketball squads at each junior age group, as well as our senior squad.
  • The squads are selected through regional performance programmes, where talented girls attend 8 regional performance centres each year to hone their skills, culminating in a Regional Development Tournament at each age group
  • Great Britain women’s basketball senior team is ranked 21st in the world in the latest FIBA rankings