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  • City of Edinburgh Kats play St Mirren West College Scotland in the Junior Women Scottish Cup Final 2013
    Junior Women Scottish Cup Final 2013 in Paisley
  • Scottish basketball players Ali Fraser and Fraser Glass take on the English side during the 2013 Summer Slam
    Scotland take on England in the 2013 Summer Slam, Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh
  • Scottish basketball player Jonny Bunyan passes the ball to teammate Ali Fraser during a game against England © Alistair Vannet
    Scotland play England during the Summer Slam 2013, Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh
  • Scottish basketball players take on the Luxembourg national side © Colin Lynch
    Scotland play Luxembourg during a national basketball game, Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh

Basketball is a sport embraced by Scots up and down the country, and you’ll find that there are great opportunities to see this team game in action in Scottish National League events, or you might even catch the country’s only professional team as they hit the court.

Domestic leagues and fixtures

Basketball has become increasingly popular in Scotland since the 1950s and today you’ll find games taking place in many parts of the country at a variety of levels. The Glasgow Rocks are Scotland’s only pro basketball team and play in the British Basketball League (BBL), competing in around 40 fixtures every season between September and April. Half of all their games are played on the home court at the Emirates Arena, a state-of-the-art sports facility in the east side of the city.

Experience the sights and sounds of the game for yourself and take a seat courtside, where you’ll watch the Scottish Rockettes, one of the UK’s top pro-sports dance teams, work the crowd before the starting whistle is blown.

Outwith Glasgow, you might catch great displays of sporting prowess on other courts across the country. Organised by basketballscotland, the National League and the Women’s National League are the most spirited competitions and the dozens of participating teams come from a spread of regions, from Ayrshire’s Troon Tornadoes to the Highland Bears from Inverness. In addition, there are a number of under-18 and under-16 games which take place during the season in a variety of sport centres and school gymnasiums throughout the country.

International games

While in Scotland, look out for opportunities to see the cream of Scottish basketball talent. Our national side regularly compete in FIBA European Championships, a prestigious competition run by the International Basketball Federation. The Scottish national teams compete in the ‘Small Countries’ divisions, and with games usually taking place in overseas locations.

In the summer months, the International Summer Slam sees national sides from a number of countries competing and often Scotland takes on rival teams in home games. basketballscotland also hosts the FIBA under-14 International Summer Slam, where Scotland Senior National Squads compete in a ‘show’ game, and the Home Internationals, where the Scotland Youth Squads play against teams from other countries.

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