'Helping young people achieve their potential' - More plaudits for NASSA

Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) has received further recognition for its work within the local communities of east London.

NASSA was named the winner of the Civic & Community Engagement category at the Newham Business Awards 2023 for its work in supporting young people and for helping them to gain qualifications to set them on the path to employment.

The Civic & Community Engagement category was open to businesses, voluntary and community organisations who were measured on their social impact.

The category was sponsored by Stratford Original BID whose manager Gianluca Rizzo said: “Through sports and basketball, NASSA is helping young people to achieve their potential, assisting them to become responsible, confident and ambitious.

“NASSA is tackling real life issues like street knife and gang culture in East London and Newham. Almost 3,000 local children (each year) go through the programme that includes mentoring and opportunities through the use of basketball. When sports betters communities.”

NASSA Chief Executive Natasha Hart MBE collected the award on behalf of NASSA.

Hart said: “It is really gratifying to receive an award from the local business community. It shows that NASSA is being recognised for the excellence of our work. Not just what we do, but how we do it.”

Natasha Hart MBE (centre) collects the Civic & Community Engagement Award