BRITISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
The British Basketball League (BBL) has been at the pinnacle of British hoops since its inception in 1987, and represents the highest level of the professional game in the UK.
The league has a colourful twenty-six year history including great teams, dynasties, memorable moments, and unforgettable players and coaches.
In the present day there are twelve franchises in major towns and cities across the nation, spanning Plymouth in the south-west all the way up to Glasgow north of the border. For more information about the current twelve franchises visit the teams section of the BBL website. Franchise development is at the fore of the league’s strategic intentions, in order to bring top-level basketball to as many people as possible.
BBL clubs are increasingly built on the foundations of strong community programmes, driven by the league's Hoops4Health initiative. Whilst providing positive role models for young people, clubs are also actively involved in developing the next generation of British basketball players and promoting the sport, and associated healthy lifestyles, to young people in their localities. To read more about this highly acclaimed programme, and increasingly important aspect of the BBL, head over to the Basketball Foundation website.
The BBL is a key partner in the development of basketball in Britain, and is striving for home-nation success in the 2012 Olympics and beyond, whilst also providing somewhere for local people to pick up a basketball in the constituencies of BBL clubs. The BBL consider both the national governing body, England Basketball, and the Team GB national programme, run by British Performance Basketball, to be prominent partners in the development of basketball in Britain. In May 2012, to further the links, the British Basketball Union was founded.
The BBL is owned and run by a twelve person board, which includes one director from each club, and the league is administered by a central office.
For more information about the British Basketball League, visit www.bbl.org.uk