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NASSA Nominated For DSC Social Change Awards 2013
Newham All Star Sports Academy has been announced today as a nominee in the DSC Social Change Awards 2013.
Our work in giving the young people of Newham an opportunity to become active in sport, to play basketball on both a recreational and competitive basis and to increase awareness locally about the dangers of knife crime in London has been recognised in the ‘Everyday Impact – Long Term Enterprises’ category.
This is hugely exciting for us – the first time we have been nominated for a national award. It is a reward for all of the hard work and commitment shown by our coaching staff and volunteers, as well as our young people in helping to provide a sporting alternative in a deprived London Borough.
The winner of the award will be decided in a public vote, so we need YOUR support, please!
To vote, please click on this link http://www.socialchangeawards.org.uk/vote.htm
That page contains details of the nominees in all six categories. Next, click on the black box near the top of the page entitled ‘Click here to Vote!’ and select NASSA as well as your choice in each of the other categories (you must do this). Finally, click on the grey box entitled ‘Next’ at the bottom of the page and cast your vote.
Voting closes on Monday 18 November 2013.
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“I believe that we all need to work together to tackle crime, and I welcome the relationship that exists between NASSA, the Metropolitan Police, local schools and others. Your success is a great tribute to the results that can be achieved when people join together like this.
The project uses the popularity of basketball to give young people something to do after school and keep them off the streets. It is not just about stopping people carrying knives, it’s about saving lives.”
David Cameron - Prime Minister
"I was very impressed with my recent visit to a NASSA training session - not only at the skill of these young people but also with their teamwork and dedication. Improving community links between young people and the police and building confidence and positivity for the next generation is of the utmost importance. The Metropolitan Police Service in Newham is delighted to be involved with such a valuable youth project and we are looking forward to another fantastic year of working together. I am very much looking forward to my next visit"
Mr. Robert Jones- Newham Borough Commander
"We are very proud of the Basketball club and all of its teams and the work that Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) does in schools with young people is invaluable.
They are working hard to change attitudes and behaviour among their peers. That is a credit to them and to the NASSA leaders and coaches."
“Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) has made a remarkable contribution to Newham since 2006 and I am proud to be one of its patrons. The first London club to achieve the Five Star Club mark from England Basketball, its teams have won national titles across all age groups.
"I have hosted this annual awards ceremony at the House of Commons since 2009 to celebrate young people's success on and off the basketball court. The "Carry A Basketball Not A Blade" (CABNAB) project supported by the Metropolitan Police has enthused many young people in Newham and has made a powerful case for positive involvement in sport instead of the negative alternatives."