Celebratory game planned to mark 15 years of CABNAB

Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) are planning a special one-off game to celebrate the anniversary of their "Carry A Basketball Not A Blade" (CABNAB) initiative.

The programme is celebrating its 15th year and the London club are planning to take on the Metropolitan Police, who partner with NASSA on the CABNAB initiative, for a commemorative game.

Through CABNAB talks and workshops, over 2,000 young people in East London are educated each year on the dangers of knife crime, county lines activity and gang membership.

The special NASSA v Met Police game will take place at the University of East London's SportsDock facility with a tip-off time of 5.30pm.

The NASSA team will consist of young people who have first-hand experience of knife crime and who have been supported by NASSA for many years.

A number of these young people have also become NASSA coaches and volunteers, further strengthening the link between the club and the wider programme.

Speaking about the CABNAB initiative, NASSA founder and Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE said:

“It really is amazing to see so many people here from all walks of life who have supported and who continue to support NASSA.

“While we are celebrating 15 years of CABNAB, the help and advice it has given so many young people, we must never forget those young people in East London who have lost their lives as a result of knife crime in that time.

“We have to continue our work to reach as many local young people as possible and educate them on the dangers of carrying a knife.”

NASSA were recently recognised for its Outstanding Contribution in Sports Development at the East London Community Heroes Awards 2023.