So, why basketball?
“Basketball remains one of the world’s most popular sports and is ranked as the second team sport in participation terms in the 11-15 year old age groups in England and third in the 16+ age groups in England.” (England Basketball).
Basketball is one of the biggest up-and-coming sports in the UK. Through working in over forty schools throughout Hertfordshire since 2011, we are seeing the popularity of the sport continue to rise, taking it to one of the top three sports in the majority of schools.
Learning to play basketball involves:
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Becoming involved with basketball at an early age improves gross motor skills by using major muscle groups. Young children who play basketball improve flexibility and endurance and will also benefit from improved fine motor skills, such as hand-to-eye coordination. These motor skills will, undoubtedly, transfer to other daily life activities.
As well as the physical benefits, playing in a team helps develop children psychologically allowing them to make friends and feel involved with his/her peer group. Team sports also improve a child’s ability to communicate and solve basic problems. Basketball will teach children social skills and managing strategies that could be useful at school, home and in peer relationships.