Sam cheques in to give the Newham All Stars Academy a big boost

PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 July 2011




Sam Branson, reality TV star and son of entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, visited the Newham All Star Sports Academy during a training session on Monday and presented them with a cheque for £11,000.

Branson won the sum donated when he appeared on Channel 4’s Famous and Fearless show last year, where he raced motorbikes, motorised skateboards and cars against his fellow contestants, all in aid of the charity.

Before presenting the cheque, Branson joined some of NASSA’s more experienced players on court, helping his team to a 56-54 victory.

Afterwards Branson explained his decision to help the Newham-based club: “NASSA is a fantastic organisation that gives young people in Newham an opportunity to test their skills and sporting talents in a safe environment, helping to keep them away from the dangers of the street and release their passion in a social way.

“I’m sure it won’t be long until one of their players gets into the NBA. I am so glad to have been involved in such a great charity.”

NASSA director Natasha Hart added: “It was a real privilege to have Sam join us. We really appreciate him taking the time to come out and show his support.

“The money that he has kindly donated will go a long way to helping us to continue to work with even more talented Newham youngsters, enabling us to continue to develop local, national and international talent.”

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