Our awards

Since 2013, NASSA has gained national and local recognition for its work in using the power of basketball to change the lives of disadvantaged young people.

The highlight came in 2014 when we were named overall Charity of the Year in The Charity Awards 2014.

Every award is dedicated to every one of the young people, parents, volunteers and coaches who make up the NASSA family.

National awards:

DSC Social Change Awards 2013

Everyday Impact, Long Term Enterprises category — Runner-Up

Charity Awards 2014

Charity of the Year — Overall Winner
Children and Young People category — Winner

National Lottery Awards 2014

Finalist, for CABNAB programme

Business Charity Awards 2014

Community Partnership Award category — Finalist, for our partnership work with Tate & Lyle Sugars

Charity Times Awards 2016

Community category — ‘Highly Commended,’ for CABNAB programme

DSC Social Change Awards 2020

Everyday Impact, Everybody Benefits, Long Term Enterprise Award category — Finalist

Local awards:

NASSA became the first community organisation in Newham to receive a prestigious Metropolitan Police award in 2014

The award was presented in person by then Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe

East London Community Heroes Awards 2019

Outstanding Business Community Partnership category — Finalist

Individual awards:


Natasha was also invited to carry the Olympic Torch ahead of the 2012 London Games, and, as a tribute to her work by her native Russia, the Paralympic Torch ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Games


Then NASSA volunteer coach, now NASSA Head Coach, Aurimas Verbukas was named Volunteer of the Year at the London Sports Awards 2014


Then NASSA Head Coach Chris Facey was named Community Coach of the Year at the UK Coaching Awards 2014. Also named Coach of the Year at the London Sports Awards 2014


NASSA Founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart was awarded MBE in Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2015


CABNAB founder Anthony Okereafor was named one of the UK’s Points of Light by then Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron, 2015


Anthony also won the Outstanding Service to the Community Award at the Keolis Amey Docklands Community Champion Awards 2016


NASSA player Tyrees Garrod won the Young Achiever Award at the Keolis Amey Docklands Community Champion Awards 2016 for his anti-bullying work drawn from the confidence gained at NASSA


Twins Kyan and Ilyas Dar were named joint Young Person of the Year at the L&Q Foundation Awards 2018 for their volunteering work on the NASSA L&Q Junior Coaches Programme