Parent page: British Basketball
For a very long time, basketball has been played in all corners of the world. It is a highly entertaining game that was invented in the year 1891 by Dr James Naismith, a Canadian. The game has a lot of fans and can be played both competitively and also for leisure. The sport is most popular in America, but it has spread to other areas like Great Britain.
Basketball in Britain
In the United Kingdom, basketball has been played for 130 years and counting. It is quite a long time, and it has seen growth in quality and also financially. CJ Proctor was the one responsible for its introduction in the country. He was a president of the Young Men’s Christian Association, and he introduced the sport in 1892. Before that, the YMCA president had visited Canada where basketball had been invented a year prior.
The Canadian PE teacher who invented the game came up with the idea so that his students would have something to do when they get bored over the winter period. He also came up with the rules to control the entertaining game so that it would be played efficiently.
In the UK, the sport was not well appreciated at the beginning, but it later picked up with several young people showing interest in the game. During the 1914 World War 1, a lot of people fled from England for safety, leading to a decline in the number of participants.
The war was a blessing in disguise because the British basketball players learnt more about the sport when the American people joined the warfare. The Americans had a lot of knowledge about the game. This made the game to become more popular. In 1924, it was included in the Paris Olympic Games, and Britain was represented. The YMCA team of London won all their games which was a great achievement.