What can I do to get involved?

So you think you want to play basketball – but don’t know where to start. You’ve come to the right place. Below are all the ways you can play basketball in England and how to get into the game.

For fun...
So you like playing basketball but don’t want to join a club or play competitively?  There are indoor and outdoor facilities all over the country where you can simply round up a few of your friends, a ball and get underway! Search for indoor and outdoor facilities using the search function.

In education...
Playing while studying is a great way to get into a sport and find out if you enjoy playing it. There are a variety of really fun ways you can get involved at every level of education.
Opportunities to play basketball in primary, secondary higher and further educations are all outlined in our education section.

Through satellite clubs...
Satellite clubs are great. Proven fact. They are a fantastic way for young people to keep playing basketball outside of your studies, but when you might not be quite ready for the commitment of joining a club. They’re relaxed, informal, mostly free and put on by some of our specially trained coaches and clubs to help develop your basketball skills, whilst having fun meeting friends and even listening to music!

Join a club...
So you’re ready to join a club...there are over 800 clubs in the country so finding one close to you who can help you become the player you want and give you the best experience shouldn’t be too difficult. We have different types of club...some who specialise in helping beginner players to improve and some who are looking for players of a high ability to join their National League team.  It has never been easier to join a basketball club, whatever your goals are.

Get on a National team...
Part of what we do here at Basketball England HQ is help to choose the best players in our country to represent us in international matches and feed these into our Great Britain team who go on to compete at the highest level at events such as the Olympics and World Championships.  No pressure then!

If you are committed to basketball and are interested in taking it forward as a career option check out our talent pathway which explains how you can progress from beginner,  through many of the options listed on this page, right up to how you can be selected for a national team and beyond.

Play in competition
If you want to compete at any level, there are plenty of opportunities to do this, whether this be in our Local League set up; which provides people with the chance to learn, improve, compete and socialise, or if you want to take things a little more seriously in one of our National Leagues who are committed to competing all over the country in various age groups. If neither of these is for you, there are opportunities in some areas of the country where you can simply turn up to an organised fixture and compete with and against others who want to do the same. No club affiliation, no training...just competing.

More initiatives...
There are loads more ways you can get involved in basketball and some of them are explained in our initiatives section.