Basketball is one of the most popular sports in schools and playgrounds around the world. It’s a great way to get exercise, socialize, and develop teamwork skills. Whether you’re looking to set up a new basketball court at your school or upgrade an existing one, choosing the right type of basketball goal is an important decision. In this blog post, we’ll compare the pros and cons of portable and inground basketball goals for schools.

Portable Basketball Goals


Versatility: Portable basketball goals are easy to move around and can be placed on any flat surface, making them a great choice for schools with limited space or changing needs.

Cost-effective: Portable basketball goals are typically less expensive than inground goals, making them a more budget-friendly option for schools with limited funds.

Easy to install: While portable basketball goals can be set up by two adults who correctly follow the assembly instructions provided by the manufacturer, we recommend utilising a professional assembly service to ensure proper installation and stability, allowing you to get them ready to be safely used by your students and meet any warranty requirements.


Stability: Because they are not anchored to the ground, there is a very small risk that portable basketball goals can tip over or wobble during play, which can be dangerous for players. However, this can be avoided if the product is assembled and used according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Durability: Portable basketball goals are often made of lighter materials than inground goals, which can make them less durable and more prone to damage over time. However, this is not case with portable basketball goals supplied by Sportsafe as they have been designed for heavy use in schools.

Limited Height Adjustment: Some portable basketball, especially those designed for domestic use, goals have limited height adjustment options, which may make them less suitable for schools with a wider range of age groups. However, all portable basketball goals supplied by Sportsafe can be adjusted to any age group hight requirements and have been approved by both Basketball England and Basketball Scotland.

Inground Basketball Goals


Stability: Inground basketball goals are anchored firmly to the ground, making them more stable and safer for players.

Durability: Inground basketball goals are made of heavier materials, making them more durable and better able to withstand heavy use.

Height Adjustment: Inground basketball goals typically offer a wider range of height adjustment options, making them more suitable for schools with players of varying ages.


Cost: Inground basketball goals are more expensive than portable goals, which may make them less accessible for schools with limited resources.

Installation: Inground basketball goals require professional installation, which can be more time-consuming and complicated than assembling a portable basketball goal as it involves groundwork. As Sportsafe we pride ourselves in outdoor installations, and we ensure that inground goals are installed to the highest standard.

Limited Flexibility: Once installed, inground basketball goals are difficult to move, making them less flexible for schools with changing needs.

In conclusion, both portable and inground basketball goals have their pros and cons, and the best option for your school will depend on your specific needs and budget. Portable basketball goals are versatile, cost-effective, and easy to install, but they may not be as stable or durable as inground goals. Inground basketball goals are more stable and durable, with wider height adjustment options, but they are also more expensive and require professional installation. Ultimately, the choice between the two will depend on the school’s specific needs and priorities.