Newham All-Star Sports Academy's Carry a Basketball Not a Blade project has been short-listed for the National Lottery Awards 2014. The project, which is supported by the National Lottery Fund, combines top-class basketball coaching with talks, discussions and workshops about the dangers of knife crime and gang culture. 

The National Lottery Awards seek to recognise and celebrate - through a public vote - projects which are making the biggest impact in local communities. Carry a Basketball Not a Blade is in its twelfth successful year of providing life-changing workshops on how to deal with peer pressure and taking responsibility for your own actions as well as linking young people in Newham up with mentors and teaching teamwork. 

Speaking about the nomination, Stephen said: "NASSA's Carry a Basketball not a Blade project is a remarkable initiative. It fully deserves to win this award for the tremendously positive impact it is having on the lives of young people in this borough. They provide focus and inspiration to young people at risk of not fulfilling their potential and transform their life prospects in the process. Please join me in voting for them to win what would be a truly well deserved award."

Voting is open until midnight on 25 July. You can cast your vote here

AuthorStephen Timms