09 February 2016
The Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) works with over 2,000 children every week to provide sports coaching, training and after-school activities to help keep them off the streets. The mentoring talks delivered by NASSA under their ‘Carry a basketball not a blade’ initiative have educated thousands of young people about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture.
The venue is also supporting Community Food Enterprise (CFE) who develop sustainable food businesses that provide training and employment for local people, ensuring that all communities have access to the right food at an affordable price.
David Pegler, CEO, ExCeL London, said: “As part of our CSR programme, ExCeL London is committed to building long-term, meaningful relationships with local partners that deliver long-lasting benefits for the local community. We are delighted to be able to support both NASSA and CFE with the incredible work that they do and in addition to our financial contribution, we will also be working to provide access to our resources in terms of event space and expertise within the ExCeL team. We look forward to working with both organisations throughout 2016.”
Natasha Hart MBE, Founder and Chief Executive, Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA), said: “ExCeL has been a valuable partner to NASSA for five years and together we have made a big difference in the London borough of Newham. With the funding that ExCeL provides, NASSA is able to lay on primary and secondary school basketball taster sessions across the borough and subsequently reaches up to 2,000 young people every week. These sessions include mentoring talks from the NASSA coaches about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture. In the 12 months to August 2015, not one young person in Newham has lost his or her life as a result of knife-related violence — a drop from six in the previous 12 months. We are very proud of our association with ExCeL and look forward to their continued support in 2016.”
Eric Samuel MBE, CEO, Community Food Enterprise Limited, added: “We are delighted to be working with ExCeL London again in 2016. The venue provides invaluable funding which directly supports our work in the local community. Thanks to our partnership with ExCeL, we have been able to support numerous initiatives including food banks, homeless shelters and refugee centres, all with the specific aim of providing local people with nutritious and healthy food."