Gallery: Largest Jr. NBA league in the world gets thousands of children engaged in basketball

With 21 leagues and nearly 10,000 players, England’s Jr. NBA league is the largest in the world.  

Expanded for the 2021/22 season, the League is currently in its fourth round of fixtures and schools are battling under their NBA pseudonyms to make sure they qualify for the playoffs in May.  

In the East of England, St Columbia College’s Year 7’s co-ed team, playing as the San Antonio Spurs, are currently channelling some of that ‘Big Three’ Spurs-era energy with six out of six wins in the Southwest Division.  

Across to the East Midlands in the Year 8 co-ed Southeast Division, Orchard Mead Academy (Atlanta Hawks) have won four of their seven games and are first with eight points. However, Castle Mead Academy (Orlando Magic) and Bosworth Academy (Washington Wizards) form the chasing pack in second and third place respectively, with six points each.  

Over to the Capital, Skinners Academy’s Year 7 girls are having a stormer in London, playing as the Toronto Raptors in the Atlantic Division. They’re 7-0 and are a staggering eight points above their nearest rivals, St Mary Magdalene (New York Knicks). Word on the grapevine is Nick Nurse has been taking notes from the Skinners’ girls’ performances to show the real Raptors.  

Battle for Yorkshire's Southwest Division

Chicago Bulls’ North West representatives, Reddish Vale High School’s Year 8 co-ed team, have got to dig deep and advance on their .500 winning percentage if they’re going to catch Didsbury High School (Indiana Pacers) and Sale Grammar School (Milwaukee Bucks), who are sitting pretty in the Central Division with eight points apiece. 

And finally, but not exhaustively, there’s a real battle in Yorkshire’s Southwest Division between Year 7 and 8 co-ed teams. All Saints Catholic College (Memphis Grizzlies) and Kettlethorpe High School (San Antonio Spurs) both have a 100%-win rate, so far.  

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Brought to English schools in 2014, the concept of the Jr. NBA is to teach children the fundamental skills of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.  

The Jr. NBA also aims to promote the NBA and UK basketball federations’ shared values of leadership, fitness and healthy living through league games, events and clinics. 

Smile please! Check out some of the Jr. NBA team photos from across the country below. 

Basketball has the power to change lives. The #GameTime campaign will aim to raise awareness of the positive impact that our sport can have on people no matter who they are or where they are from. 

Basketball England aims to engage one million people in basketball via the Commonwealth Games 2022, 3x3 and more.  

Whether you want to: 

  • Support Team England 
  • #GetInvolved as a player, coach, official, volunteer or fan 
  • Or improve your local court with #ProjectSwish 

...across every part of the basketball family, it's #GameTime!