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Wanstead solicitor awarded British Citizen Award for encouraging girls to play cricket

PUBLISHED: 15:15 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:16 05 February 2018

Saba Nasim fits the training around a full time job. Picture: Ken Mears

Saba Nasim fits the training around a full time job. Picture: Ken Mears

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An “inspirational” solicitor from Wanstead, who has encouraged more than 1,000 girls to try out cricket, has been recognised with a national honour.

She also set up a competitive sports team. Picture: Ken MearsShe also set up a competitive sports team. Picture: Ken Mears

Saba Nasim, 29, has been given a British Citizen Award (BCA) for her services to volunteering and for enabling young people.

She first joined Wanstead Cricket Club in 2009 and soon started volunteering, coaching youngsters every Friday night during the summer.

After completing additional training to allow her to coach without supervision, Saba established the first girls-only cricket project in Redbridge and East London – Redbridge Rangers CC.

They have gone on to win nine national Chance to Shine Street Tournaments since 2013.

Her dream is to make cricket more accessible to girls in her community and to increase Asian female representation in sport in general.

Her sessions are inclusive as possible, planning them around prayer times and religious festivals so everyone can join in, no matter what their faith.

Although she works full time as a solicitor, she goes above and beyond in her spare time, dedicating evenings, weekends and lunchtimes to coaching cricket at various levels and to various age groups.

Saba said: “I am absolutely delighted to be awarded the BCA for my coaching work in the community at grassroots level.

“I have always loved sport and believe that it is a great way to drive change in the community.

“It promotes social cohesion, diversity, instils confidence in young people and can empower them to become good role models themselves.”

Saba said she hopes her award inspires more young people to get involved with sport and show them what can be achieved through hard work and dedication.

“Thank you to Wanstead CC, Essex CCB and Chance to Shine for supporting me with this over the last few years,” she added. Saba was amongst 36 medallists honoured at a prestigious ceremony on January 25, at the Palace of Westminster.

All BCA recipients had selflessly undertaken various activities in support of a number of worthy causes.

Each received a Medal of Honour, inscribed with the words ‘For the Good of the Country’.

Medallists can also use the initials BCA after their name.

Nominations for the next round of the BCAs are now open, visit britishcitizenawards.co.uk


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