NASSA’s grand Nationals
PUBLISHED: 12:51 22 March 2012
For the fifth season in succession Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) under-13s and 15s have reached the National Fours Basketball Finals, but coach Kelvin Facey believes they cannot afford to rest on their laurels.
The under-13s saw off the challenge of Cheshire Jets 57-52 at the weekend, while the under-15s replicated that feat by defeating Notts Nova Centurions in a close-fought encounter, 65-64.
NASSA has reached the finals day every year since entering the National Leagues in 2008, but Facey believes the challenge continues to get tougher.
“The achievements on the court are a gift for everyone at the club and continues to show the improvement we are making,” he said.
“When we first made the finals that was a fantastic achievement. But that has only inspired us to make it a regular occurrence.
“To go back every single year, especially in the under-13 category, is a challenge.
“There are over 50 clubs that go in for the title, and to be in the top four for so long is wonderful for the whole club.”
Club director Natasha Hart, who is also the founder of the Sports Academy added: “It is only our fifth year of competing in the National League and we have won a place in the Final Fours five years in a row.
“The teams have worked exceptionally hard and I am thrilled for them. Our aim now is on ensuring that they remain focused and prepared for the challenge ahead.”
The finals are held at Nottingham Wildcats Arena on March 31.
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