BE Without Barriers

We want to give everyone the opportunity to discover and enjoy basketball. We’re working hard to make sure the opportunities for disabled people are increasing across the country and throughout the sport.


Hoopz Basketball Program

Over the past 6 months, Basketball England and Access Sport have been developing an opportunity to enhance the opportunities for disabled people to get more involved in basketball by developing a community and club based program - Hoopz Basketball.

This program helps to create and deliver specific inclusive sessions for disabled people so that there is an environment that concentrates of developing skills, building relationships and most importantly, having fun! The sessions themselves are run by community organisations and clubs across England who have the vital knowledge and expertise in delivering inclusive basketball sessions.

How do I get involved as a club?

The program is lead by clubs and organisations and no program is the same as another. Sessions can be delivered weekly, bi-weekly, monthly - it is up to you!

Basketball England and Access Sport and delivering introductory online webinars for community organisations and basketball clubs to find out more about the opportunity, including disability inclusion training, financial support to deliver sessions and the overall program. Below are links to the webinars: 

Monday 6th September @ 6pm - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88086289764?pwd=Sm53c1BuRnBvVG9aeS8vTDZKQkxqdz09  

Thursday 9th September @ 1pm - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81031483440?pwd=YlRvb1FvbU96Vm9JSGVBV3Y2S2k5dz09 

Tuesday 14th September @ 5:30pm - https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89571431847?pwd=TW14RlVoelh2VnVpNDQ0NWNMZ20ydz09 

Not able to attend? Don't worry, email [email protected] and we will get in touch with you.

Presentation can be found here


How do it get involved as a participant?

We are currently developing the opportunities with organisations - check back soon or email [email protected] 


Learning Disability or Learning Difficulty

A number of clubs provide playing opportunities for players with a learning disability and players with autism.

Special Olympics

We work in partnership with the Special Olympics, who offer year-round training and competition for children and adults with a learning disability across England.

To find a local group, or for guidance on coaching people with learning disabilities, go to the Special Olympics website.

You can also contact Mencap Sport, who provide opportunities for playing sport.

Play Unified

Play Unified is a global movement aimed at ending the injustice, intolerance and inactivity of young people with intellectual disabilities, by building a unified generation through sport. A Special Olympics Programme, delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, it is aimed at young people in secondary and special schools.

It encourages players with a learning disability to play on the same team as those without. It builds friendships, helps social interaction and breaks down the stigma that some people may have around people with disability.

It is funded by Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and jointly administered by DCMS and Sport England.

Dwarf Sports

The Dwarf Sports Association UK promotes grass roots participation starting with young athletes from the age of two.

They use sport as a tool to break down the barriers of difference within society and to encourage confidence and empower their members.

Deaf or Hearing Impaired

England Deaf Basketball organise Deaf Basketball competitions, leagues and national teams for players who are deaf or have a hearing impairment. Elite players can progress through to the GB Deaf Basketball team.

Physical Disability

Wheelchair basketball is a fast, fun and competitive game offering massive social and fitness benefits to those with a physical disability. It accommodates a wide range of abilities, including paraplegics, amputees, those with spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis – and non-disabled too.

You don't need your own sports wheelchair or even to be in a wheelchair every day to go along and try the sport at one of over 100 clubs nationwide. Visit the British Wheelchair Basketball website.

Dependent on the level of physical disability there may also be opportunities to play in our main leagues.