parents & carers

NASSA is incredibly proud of its parent volunteers who give so much of their time to us. They help in so many ways — transporting the teams to games, officiating, doing the boring stuff with admin work and membership forms. But most of all, they support us in instilling the NASSA values and are a huge part of the NASSA family. Thank you all!

training times 2024/25


U-10s, U-12s, U-14s Boys + Girls 

UEL, SportsDock, Beckton E16 2RD

U-16s, U-18s Boys

Mayfield School, Ilford RM8 1XE

Free for members
£6.00 for non-members


U-18s Boys, 18+ Boys, Division 2 Men

UEL, SportsDock, Beckton E16 2RD

Free for members
£6.00 for non-members


U-12s, U-14s Mixed

U-16s, U-18s Boys

18+ Boys, Division 2 Men

UEL, SportsDock, Beckton E16 2RD

Free for members
£6.00 for non-members


U-14s, U-16s Boys & Girls

Wheelchair Basketball session

UEL, SportsDock, Beckton E16 2RD

Free for members
£6.00 for non-members


U-12s, U-14s, U-16s Boys & Girls, Junior Development

UEL, SportsDock, Beckton E16 2RD

£5.00 for members and non-members

This session is followed by National League games.

information for parents and carers

Code of conduct

These rules were devised by the young people themselves in response to over-exuberance from some of their parents.

— Encourage your child to learn the rules and play within them
— Discourage unfair play and arguing with officials
— Help your child to recognise good performance, not just results
— Never force your child to take part in sport
— Set a good example by recognising fair play and applauding good performances of all
— Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes
— Publicly accept officials’ judgements
— Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport
— Use correct and proper language at all times
— Encourage and guide players to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.

Safeguarding children

NASSA is very mindful of its responsibilities when it comes to safeguarding the young people in its care. We firmly believe that every person has the right to be safe in sport and we have policies which set out how everyone should behaviour. We have adopted all of Basketball England’s policies which include Safeguarding, Equality and Code of Ethics and Conduct.

Everyone in a position of any authority within NASSA has cleared DBS checks. In addition and in pursuit of excellence and the highest standards, by September 2017, Natasha Hart will ensure that all NASSA coaches have passed their Level 3 courses in Safeguarding Children. All of our coaches are also qualified in First Aid.

In addition to the qualifications they each hold, all of the NASSA staff and coaches can boast many years’ experience in coaching local young people both on and off the court. We want the best for all of the young people in our care and we demand the best from all of our staff and coaches.

For further information on NASSA’s policy on Safeguarding of if you have any queries or issues, please contact:
Natasha Hart via email or on 07947 401616
Anthony Okereafor via email or on 07940 581838

View our safeguarding policy

NASSA’s activities are based on the principle that engagement through sport and building mutual respect and trust can provide cultural gateways to alternative lifestyles.

We use sport to widen horizons, raise aspirations and provide opportunities to achieve realisable goals for individuals and groups of young people regardless of sex, race, colour, religion and disability.

All participants and staff members vigorously operate the NASSA equal opportunities policy. They ensure that all sessions are open to everyone and guarantee that no participants experience any sort of discrimination or abuse. Any person found to be guilty of any inequity, will be banned from further activities.

It’s great that your child wants to get active, have fun and develop a whole load of life skills by playing sport — but as a parent we know it can be a bit daunting.

Questions such as: ‘Where do they start? What level do they need to be? How will I know they are safe? Where are the friendly junior clubs? How much is this going to cost me?’ are all running through your head.

Well in this section, hopefully we will be able to answer all of those and highlight all the main things you should be considering when your child starts playing basketball with NASSA.

Where do they start?
NASSA is open to all ages and all abilities, so come along to a session and see how everyone in the NASSA family has fun. We’ll give your child the opportunity to discover how great a sport basketball is.

What level do they need to be?
Whether your child wants to be the next LeBron James or just wants to have fun playing basketball, we welcome everyone with open arms and open minds.

How will I know they are safe?
Safeguarding is and always has been one of NASSA’s key priorities. The charity was set up in 2006 to give local young people the chance to play sport in a safe haven. Our coaches, staff and parent volunteers are all CRB-checked.

Where are the friendly junior clubs?
We can’t speak for anyone else, but every one of our players considers themselves a member of the NASSA family. We encourage our older players to mentor our younger ones.

How much is this going to cost me?
Membership, training session fees are [costs needed].

Code of practice for members

As a member of Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA), you are expected to abide by the following junior code of practice:

— All members must play within the rules and respect officials and their decisions.
— All members must respect the rights, dignity and worth of all participants regardless of age, gender, ability, race, cultural background, religious beliefs or sexual identity.
— Members should keep to agreed timings for training and competitions or inform their coach or team manager if they are going to be late.
— Members must wear suitable kit for training and match sessions, as agreed with the coach/team manager.
— Members must pay any fees for training, games or events promptly.
— Junior members are not allowed to smoke on club premises or whilst representing the club at competitions.
— Junior members are not allowed to consume alcohol or drugs of any kind on the club premises or whilst representing the club.

Basketball is a team sport in which the aim is to score more points than the opposition by getting a ball in the opposing hoop. This can be done by throwing the ball from any part of the court with either one, or both, of your hands.

The great thing about basketball is that although it’s a team sport when you’re competing, you can practise on your own, with a friend or a whole bunch of people. All you need is a ball, a hoop and you’re ready.

The NASSA pledge

Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all its members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators and parents associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others.

Members are encouraged to be open at all times and to share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with Natasha Hart (Chief Executive).

The Basics

A full size hoop is 10ft tall. For children under 12, this height is adjusted to 8 ft.

Shots from open play count as two points, unless they are released from outside the ‘three point arc’ (the semi-circle) which means they are worth three.

Basketball also has a 3-on-3 version if you want to grab a handful of your friends and head down to your local court to play. The principle is the same — just with less people. 3-on-3 is becoming increasingly popular because it’s so easy and simple.

A game is usually split into four quarters, each lasting 10 minutes.

You can have up to 12 players on a team, but only five are allowed on court at any one time in a game.

If your team has the ball, you must try a shot at the hoop in 24 seconds. If you don’t, the ball is handed over to the other team and the clock starts again for them.

All players can go everywhere on court, so the five positions on a team can be quite flexible. Don’t worry if you can’t fill a certain position — you can still do everything.

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