What Is Walking Basketball?
Walking Basketball is a walking version of the running game. It is suitable for men and women of all ages and abilities.
From it’s inception in 2013 the game has gone from strength to strength. It now finds itself with groups throughout England and has attracted interest from Scotland, Wales and America.
The official body in the UK is WBUK who are part of Basketball England
Whilst the focus is on those that may struggle to participate in regular basketball. The game is suitable for all ages, sizes and abilities.
For individuals or groups, sessions can deliver a safe, fun and fitness boosting experience.
Sessions are generally 1 hour long. These provide low impact cardio training with lots of fun in a stress free indoor environment.
Sessions are split in to 4 sections:
- Warm up.
- Skills Session.
- Stretch/warm down
What is Walking Basketball WBUK
WBUK was founded in 2013, after an initial investment of £300 from England Basketball via their Ball Again project. Since that informal partnership was formed, both organisations have been working hard to formalise an official partnership.
In 2015 the BBL Foundation funded a number of Walking Basketball sessions in partnership with BBL Clubs and many of which are still going today, and since the last event at Crystal Palace in 2016, WBUK have been working diligently alongside Basketball England to obtain major funding for greater national activity. However, unfortunately after 12 months of many meetings and consultations, a joint funding bid in 2017 to Sport England was rejected. This put WBUK plans for the growth of the activity back substantially and was very disappointing.
In the last three years, WBUK has attracted funding, albeit local, for all of their target areas. However, a major objective that still remains is to obtain national funding to put WBUK in a position to fund, facilitate and/or develop more sessions across the country.
To this end, Walking Basketball UK welcomes anyone wishing to start a WBUK session and become an activator. WBUK have associates across the country who can deliver WBUK Activators courses and provide details of funding applications that have been successful for Walking Basketball activities in the past in your area.
You can see all our Walking Basketball clubs listed here: Basketball Near Me
Use our search system to refine down to your current location to find sessions near you.
We also have a shop offering clothing items for fans of Walking Basketball here: Walking Sports Shop | Basketball