WITH a new kit and a nomination in the prestigious 2016 Charity Times Awards, Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) is looking good on and off the court this week.
NASSA has been shortlisted in the ‘Community’ category of the Awards for its ‘Carry A Basketball Not A Blade’ (CABNAB) awareness programme which educates young people across east London on the dangers of knife crime and gang culture.
The latest Metropolitan Police figures showed that no young person lost his or her life in Newham as a direct result of knife crime in the 12 months to August 2015 – down from six in the previous 12 months.
NASSA Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE said: “It is wonderful for NASSA to be shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards because of the recognition it brings, but more importantly so that we can tell people on the night of the need for a programme like CABNAB across the country, not just in east London.”
The awards winners will be announced on the evening of September 28, 2016 at a ceremony in central London.
NASSA’s Under-14s and Under-16s teams will be sporting a new kit in their National League fixtures next season.
The kit is being sponsored by a generous donation from London Waterloo Academy (LWA) whose director Anna Dalton says that the Academy has fallen in love with the NASSA ethos of giving young people an opportunity to play sport in a safe, fun environment.
Mrs Dalton said: “We just love the idea of NASSA, the whole idea of this charity. People like Natasha Hart are such rare people these days, ready to sacrifice their own time, just to bring up a healthy generation, healthy in all ways, not just physical health, but mentally and emotionally. You get goosebumps when you see the little ones playing. Their excitement is special. What could be better?
“It’s just so adorable that you cannot just pass by. You have to stop and it’s an honour to be part of it. I wonder why there are not more companies supporting NASSA.”
Mrs Dalton and her fellow director of the London Waterloo Academy, Mrs Oksana Muzaeva, presented the new kit at one of NASSA’s Friday sessions at the club’s home ground, the University of East London’s (UEL) SportsDock facility.
NASSA has also received a further donation of equipment in the shape of basketballs, bibs and cones for its wheelchair basketball programme from London City Airport (LCA) , which funds the initiative for disabled young people in east London.
NASSA Patron, Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP for Newham, said: “The reputation of NASSA is growing far and wide – not just in London but around the country.
“It’s great that London Waterloo Academy is supporting the team in this way. It will make a big difference to those youngsters to have such smart kit. They deserve it. There is a big thank you due to London Waterloo Academy for being willing to pay for it.
“I was here at the launch of the disability programme 18 months ago and it is nice to see that London City Airport is continuing to support it.”
NASSA are currently looking for private sponsors
to help fund our community programmes and coaches.
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