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Your guide to getting into basketball

Slam dunk your way to fitness. Basketball is a fast, exciting team sport that will get you running, dribbling and pivoting across the court.

Each game lasts around 40 minutes, giving you plenty of time to build up a sweat and get a good cardio workout. So what’s stopping you? Get out there and shoot some hoops.

Get started

Whack a hoop up at home. Or grab a ball and head down to one of the thousands of outdoor courts you can use for free. You can play with a group of mates, or take time on your own to perfect your free throws.

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Find a club

With up to 12 people in a team (five playing at any one time), it’s a great way to meet new people and build your team-working skills.

Find out about indoor courts or join a club through Basketball EnglandBasketball Scotland or Basketball Wales.

Anyone can play

You don’t have to be 7ft tall. Walking basketball is a great option if you’re after a low-impact cardio exercise. All the excitement and competition of regular basketball, and it’s loads of fun.

Wheelchair basketball

A major Paralympic sport, wheelchair basketball is fast and furious. It’s suitable for players affected by a wide range of disabilities, and non-disabled athletes can compete on mixed teams. Visit British Wheelchair Basketball to find a club near you.