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NASSA AWARDS 2019

Newham All Star Sports Academy NASSA AWARDS 2019

Newham All Star Sports Academy NASSA
AWARDS 2019

MANY of Newham’s key decision makers were in attendance as ( Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA)) celebrated its Annual Achievement Awards 2019 at the Houses of Parliament.

The basketball charity, which gives young people the opportunity to play basketball, gain sports qualifications and learn about knife crime, celebrated its young people and volunteers at the home of government.

The event was organised with the help of NASSA Patron, Rt Hon. Stephen Timms, MP for East Ham, while other key leaders in Newham showed their support.

Deputy Mayor, Charlene McLean and Unmesh Desai, London Assembly member for City and East, were among those to hear speeches from seven NASSA young people who told the 104 invitees what NASSA means to them and how it has helped to change their lives.

Also in attendance were Newham Councillor Joy Laguda MBE and James Beckles, Newham Cabinet Member for Crime and Community as well as former GB Basketball International Drew Sullivan (2012 Olympic Basketball Captain, 2006 Commonwealth Bronze Medalist, 100 GB Caps ).

Stephen Timms said: ““It was a pleasure to see so many people from Newham and east London come together to celebrate another year in the life of NASSA. I always marvel at the strides that the young people take because of their involvement in NASSA.

“I know very well that addressing a room full of people can be a daunting experience, but all of the young people who made a speech did so with confidence and conviction.”

The event was held in half-term so that the young people who attend NASSA club sessions were able to attend.

A total of 59 did so and were treated to a walk through the underground tunnel which links Portcullis House and the main Parliament building. The tunnel is usually reserved for use by MPs.

Six police cadets from Newham, accompanied by PC Rob Sewell from the Newham Youth Engagement Team, helped to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE

Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE

NASSA founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE spoke of her determination to work even harder to educate young people on the danger of knife crime and gang culture through the charity’s Carry A Basketball Not A Blade (CABNAB) initiative.

Ms Hart said: “The Annual Achievement Awards allow us to reflect on what NASSA is about. It is so important to inspire our young people to become better citizens as well as to keep them safe.

“NASSA has so many amazing funders and it is so heart-warming to see them in attendance.

“We always talk of the NASSA family. Everyone who was present is a member of that family.”

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NASSA Players Give Guard of Honour to New Flight at London City Airport

THREE young NASSA players enjoyed VIP treatment at London City Airport as they welcomed a new early morning charter flight from the Lithuania capital of Vilnius.

NASSA Players Give Guard of Honour to New Flight at London City Airport

NASSA Players Give Guard of Honour to New Flight at London City Airport

The boys – Alanas Stvolas, 14, Matas Juodeikis, 11, and eight-year-old Tomas Sarakojis were invited to form the reception committee on the tarmac.

The trio were chosen because they all have family members who come from Lithuania and because of NASSA’s strong partnership links with London City Airport.

NASSA Players Give Guard of Honour to New Flight at London City Airport

NASSA Players Give Guard of Honour to New Flight at London City Airport

Accompanied by NASSA Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE and NASSA Head Coach Aurimas Verbukas, who hails from Lithuania himself, they were whisked through airport security and were given a short talk about the new flight.

They welcomed each passenger as they stepped off the flight. Then it was a quick change back into their school uniform and off to lessons for the day.

Natasha Hart said: “It was a wonderful experience for the boys and a reward for all the commitment they show both at school and on the basketball court at NASSA.

“They were a credit to NASSA on the day and will no doubt be telling the story of their morning for a long time to come.

“I would also like to thank their headteachers for allowing the boys to attend this event and showcase NASSA in such a positive light.”

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