In Impact Stories, Physical & mental health, wellbeing & safety, Aylesbury Vale

Project: Youth basketball coaching
Grant: £4,570
Fund: HoB General

The Nigerian Community Assocaition Aylesbury (NCAA) is a community interest group and their primary focus is supporting people, including but not limited to, people of Nigerian heritage and their families in order to strengthen and improve their skills in their current surroundings and build confidence within the Aylesbury community.

NCAA applied for grant funding following numerous requests from parents who could not find spaces for their children to participate in basketball due to a lack of local clubs.

The grant was used to secure a basketball venue, buy equipment and to cover the cost of a basketball coach to train up to 20 young people.

Adedayo Olowosale, Founder of NCAA said:

This grant has helped to promote a healthier lifestyle within the community by improving physical fitness and developing motor skills whilst taking part in a fun activity. It has also helped build community cohesion between young people from difference races and backgrounds and facilitated networking between parents, helping to increase community integration and development.

As a result of being part of a community basketball team some of the young people have gained valuable experience and skills which have enabled them to join their school basketball team as they have moved into secondary school. This will ensure they remain active and for some will help towards their goal of playing basketball professionally.