They have made their mark in education, too.
This autumn, Ilyas will be swapping his basketball vest for a college gown after being accepted into Oxford University to study Medicine at Oriel College. Not to be outdone, Kyan will study Law in London.
Born in London of Spanish parentage, when the twins first attended NASSA sessions as shy 12-year-olds, they were not particularly physically active.
They have shone ever since, not just as basketball players, but as young men dedicated to a sport in which they can pursue their ambitions.
The twins have progressed through the NASSA age group teams and gained valuable sports qualifications in basketball refereeing, officiating and coaching along the way.
Both boys quickly wanted to help out the NASSA coach taking their sessions. They did this every week by setting out equipment for the programme sessions, taking the register, collecting the bibs, washing the bibs, taking the warm-ups and cool-downs and even writing session plans for the warm-ups and cool-downs.
Students at Mayfield School in Ilford, they gained Level 1 Basketball Referee and Basketball Table Official qualifications on the programme in late 2016 when they turned 14 and have officiated at their school’s basketball games ever since. They also officiate regularly at NASSA games at weekends.
In December 2018, Ilyas and Kyan were named joint Young Person of the Year at the L&Q Foundation Awards to celebrate their commitment to the NASSA L&Q Junior Coaches Programme.
The following month, they gained their first basketball coaching qualifications (UKCCL1).
Keeping it in the family, the twins’ father, Framaz Dar, was inspired by his sons and wanted to set an example by volunteering for NASSA himself. Framaz is now an assistant basketball coach having qualified through NASSA.