Getting Started

So it’s great your child wants to get active, have fun and develop a whole load of life skills by playing sport – but as a parent you don’t know where to start and questions such as; ‘Where do they start? What level do they need to be? How will I know they’re safe? Where are the junior friendly clubs and how much is this going to cost me?’ are all running through your head?!

Well in this section, hopefully we will be able to answer all of those, and highlight all the main things you should be considering when your child starts playing basketball.


Firstly, there are loads of ways kids can get involved in basketball. If they are in secondary school, it’s likely they will have it in their curriculum. Some schools are involved in our Dynamik National Schools competition, where schools all over the country can enter, play against other schools in their area to try and progress to regional and national finals.
There is also opportunity for your children to enjoy basketball outside of their PE lessons. In our initiatives section, there is a whole load of ways children can get into basketball outside of school, with opportunities to play socially with friends right up to getting on a national team.

Here! We have a court and club finder which will filter the courts and clubs close to your geographic location.

Providing opportunities for children to have a fantastic and rewarding basketball experience in safe environment is so important, and here at Basketball England we work really hard to make sure this happens, and support you and your children as much as we can. Our safeguarding section has our policies and procedures and in this section you can access an FAQ’s section specific for you as parents where hopefully many of your questions will be answered.

Trainers, shorts and t-shirts to start off with – nothing to break the bank! As long as they feel comfortable and can move freely, it is no way essential to go out and get top of the range basketball training kit! If your child decides they want to join a club and play in a league, it’s likely they will source the playing kit for them and ask for a small fee to cover the cost of this. As your child gets more serious about basketball, there is training kit which you can buy for them from a whole load of retailers. You can also visit out Basketball England shop (link) which does merchandise from hoodies, to polo shirts, t-shirts, caps and kit bags!

As often as they want and you’re happy with! There are a lot of different ways of playing; from gathering their friends and playing on a local court down the road, to attending a satellite club, joining a club or progressing through the elite pathway and getting into a national programme. If your child joins a club and is interested into progressing through the different levels of basketball right up to playing for your country, the coaches of the programmes they are involved with will be able to give you an idea of the time involved to progress and improve.