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Adrian K asked the question in Pick-Up Game Ballers

Why is basketball not more popular in the UK?

We know basketball is huge in the US, and it is pretty big over in europe, but why are there so few people playing in here in the UK? Or does it just seem this way, I cant find any outdoor courts as easily as I seem to be able to find a 5 a side cage for example.

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It's actually the number three team sport in the country but financially we're about 12th on the list. The lack of funding means that kids who have the opportunity to join clubs have to find money to play... which means that less kids join clubs so the 'figures' aren't correct and so... less money goes into development (which includes outdoor courts). I've just found a court after living here for a year but it's 5 miles away & to use it I have to take a yard brush to get rid of the broken glass. Was I bordering on a rant there??? Just don't get me started on ballers getting kicked out of sports halls for badminton... ... ...

Sports-iqbronze Daz B answered Comment

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Oh my local sports center are biased with badminton over basketball so much. Another problem is exposure on TV. Channel 5 used to broadcast quite a lot, but it just seems to have died over the years.

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Annoying isn't it.

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I agree with Daz, i'm 15 and i have to play with the Men's squad, as there is no Youth teams! Also  i must travel 10.4miles to get to the actual training session, it's a mission!

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Im 19 and I play basketball all the time people say im good but I can't get any teams because i live in a rural area I started playing quite late about 15 but I am still growing as a player and improving all the time i just need to improve my long range shot and my vertical leap and perhaps a few more dribble moves. Anyway my point is I taught myself everything without coaching so Joining a team would make me much better but it is really hard to do this in the U.K

Nick E answered Comment

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Must be tough. Hopefully you will find drills/exercises and challenges on here to keep you going until you are able to find or form a team.

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It's tradition and it's hard to break. That's why most promising players were willing to get shipped to where their value is more appreciated and where their passion for the game is widely accepted.

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Lack of funding and exposure, especially now as the government are cutting the funds for basketball in the UK completely. So much for "Olympic Legacy"

Sports-iqbronze James B answered Comment

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It's a shame really. There is a bitter taste after the games with the closure of sports grounds and even the facilities built for the games and training venues being bulldozed. Corporate games indeed. I really struggled to find a weightlifting club to train at, and the one I joined isn't funded at all, it only exists because the head coach has so much passion for the sport and coaches our small group for free.

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I personally don't think it gets the funding or promoting it deserves. That means not enough people get to see what it is and what it's about.

Even during the Olympics it was only availible on Red Button. Shocking!

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