Wise Words at SportsDock
Wise Words at SportsDock
Dennis Wise, the former Chelsea and England footballer, has donated a minibus to the Newham All Star Sports Academy (NASSA) at UEL’s SportsDock.
The 17-seater vehicle will be used to transport NASSA’s seven teams to Basketball England National League fixtures. It will also be used to help disabled young people who attend NASSA’s inclusive wheelchair basketball sessions.
The former England star was at the presentation representing the DW and Frankham Consultancy Group Trust. Among the other dignitaries was the Russian Ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko.
UEL’s Director of Sport, David Cosford, was happy that SportsDock hosted the event.
“SportsDock has a 21-year agreement with England Basketball to host NASSA, so it is only natural that we would be the place to receive the minibus,” he said. “We were very excited to host Dennis Wise and Alexander Yakovenko as well as the other dignitaries who came to the event. It’s fantastic that NASSA has been given this minibus and ultimately it is Newham’s talented sports players who will reap the benefits.”
Dennis Wise said the warm welcome that he and fellow trustees Steve Frankham and Becky Bosman had received from the NASSA coaches, parents and players confirmed to them that they had made the right decision.
“We felt this was a good cause,” said Mr Wise. “Coming here today, seeing the bus and all of the kids, as well as seeing Chris the coach, who’s fantastic, you can see it’s going to be a worthy cause. We’re really pleased that we have done this today. It’s lovely to be part of the NASSA family now.”
The Russian ambassador was also very excited to be at SportsDock.
“Team sports are all about uniting people regardless of their religion and race and the Newham All Star Sports Academy is a perfect example of a charity that does just that,” said Mr Yakovenko.
“Having won all the existing awards in this sport, the Newham All Star Sports Academy has been hugely successful, and most importantly, it has played a transformational role in the lives of local young people, providing high-quality community service in East London.”
Notes to Editors
The University of East London (UEL) is a global learning community with students from over 120 countries world-wide. Our vision is to achieve recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a successful and inclusive regional university proud of its diversity, committed to new modes of learning which focus on students and enhance their employability, and renowned for our contribution to social, cultural and economic development, especially through our research and scholarship. We have a strong track-record in widening participation and working with industry.