May 15, 2014 – Two of NASSA’s most inspirational coaches, Chris Facey and Aurimas Verbukas, have been recognised for their devotion to the young people of Newham.

They have been shortlisted in the prestigious London Sports Awards 2014, Chris in the Coach of the Year category and Aurimas for the Volunteer of the Year award. Both Chris and Aurimas have NASSA in their heart and it will be a hugely proud moment for NASSA when they attend the awards evening at the iconic Olympic Velodrome in Olympic Park on June 4, 2014.

Chris, NASSA’s head coach, has been with us since we started in 2006. He spends all of his time – whatever he’s got – coaching as many sessions as NASSA can fit in for him.

He coaches up to 20 hours per week in the extra-curricular schools and college sessions NASSA runs. Chris also gives 25-30 hours of his time on a voluntary basis to the NASSA club programme. As a mentor for the young people, many of them who have troubled home lives, he is like a dad. He is also requested for at every school he goes to. They all say: “We want Coach Chris.” Read Chris’ full story here.

Aurimas came to NASSA for three months to improve his English when he moved to the UK form Lithuania. That was five years ago.

He gives up over 30 hours each week to coach our basketball teams. What makes this especially remarkable is that he combines this with his full-time job as a supervisor for a postal company. He truly has NASSA in his blood. Aurimas is coach of NASSA’s Under-18s side. He is also assistant coach to Chris for our National League champions Under-13s boys side. Read Aurimas’ full story here.