Basketball is a sport that is loved and played in many different countries, including the UK. It is interesting to learn about the history of this game and how it influenced sports in the UK.
Contrary to what some may believe the game of basketball was discovered in Canada. It was a Canadian teacher by the name of Dt. James Naismith, who is responsible for this amazing game. The reason for developing the game is blamed on the cold Canadian winters. As a teacher, he had the task of keeping his students occupied during the winter months. It was too cold to enjoy any outdoor sports, so he came up with basketball.
The rules were written, and the first hoop was a fruit basket that got nailed on to a ten-foot pole. The problem was that the fruit basket had a bottom to it which would not allow the ball to drop through. Every time someone landed a ball into the basket, the game would have to come to a halt so somebody could retrieve the ball. Finally, somebody caught on to cutting out the bottom of the basket.
The sport grew in its popularity up until 1914. Then because of the war, there were not many men left to participate in the game. This changed when, in 1917, America joined the war efforts. The British learned more about the game from the Americans. Post-war the game took on new meaning, and interest began to grow in it again.
Paris Olympic Games
In 1924 the game was demonstrated as a game at these Olympics. Great Britain participated with a team that had been put together by the YMCA. They ended up being the victors of all the games played. From this point on interest in the game flourished.