Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) win at Community Heroes Awards

Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) has been recognised for its work during the COVID-19 pandemic, being named as a winner at the 2020 East London Community Heroes Awards.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Stratford, NASSA received the accolade in the Health and Wellbeing category as coaches and staff were commended for the mentoring work they have carried out throughout the coronavirus lockdown and beyond.

NASSA basketball sessions were suspended in March 2020 and not permitted again until June when restricted outdoor sessions were allowed.

The remote mentoring work carried out by NASSA coaches and staff was vital to the mental health of over 150 vulnerable young people.

Well deserved

Through individual Facetime sessions and phone calls, each young person was given as much support as needed to talk through the issues affecting them.

NASSA also streamed live fitness classes and basketball skills sessions for the young people to join in daily.

NASSA Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE, said: “It is great news and so well deserved for all the NASSA volunteers, coaches and parents who made time to help young period during this really difficult period. This is an award for everybody at NASSA.

“It has been an immense challenge for myself and all the NASSA coaches, so this award will give everyone connected with the charity a boost to know that what we are doing is being valued.

“There is so much more to do and the young people need our help more than ever at the moment.”