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Coach of the Year Saba Nasim praised for giving Redbridge girls chance to shine

PUBLISHED: 15:00 10 November 2016

Wanstead's Saba Nasim receives her Chance to Shine coach of the year award from former England player James Taylor

Wanstead's Saba Nasim receives her Chance to Shine coach of the year award from former England player James Taylor

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Annual awards evening at Lord’s highlighted fantastic work being done by Wanstead and Club Cricket Conference player

Saba Nasim was honoured to be named Coach of the Year at the Chance to Shine annual awards at Lord’s last Wednesday.

Redbridge native Nasim received the prize in recognition of her hard work supporting grassroots cricket and was presented her award by former England cricketer James Taylor.

Nasim, who plays for Wanstead and the Club Cricket Conference, spoke about how pleasing it is to get more girls involved in the sport by forming Redbridge Rangers.

“I’m so proud to have received the award. I’ve been playing cricket for quite a while and just love to give back to the community,” she said.

“We’ve grown a handful of girls to over 70 registered participants coming down to Redbridge. It’s 
amazing to see how the girls have grown in confidence and ability.”

The Chance to Shine annual awards, supported by Lycamobile, celebrates clubs, individuals and schools who help to spread the power of cricket and make the charity such a success.

A statement from Chance to Shine read: “The judging panel noted that Saba provides the girls who attend her sessions with high quality cricket coaching and her enthusiasm and enjoyment of the game has ensured that they keep coming back.

“Saba runs a regular session from the Wanstead Leisure Centre and formed the Redbridge Rangers Girls’ Cricket Club from the players who attended. The girls have had a string of successes, regularly winning Chance to Shine competitions.

“Most of the girls come from Asian backgrounds and would not have an opportunity to play the sport if it had not been for the drive and commitment of Saba.

“She provides a fun, vibrant atmosphere to play cricket and also gives support to the girls with their personal development, often giving them advice on issues like exam stress and work-life balance. Saba is more than just a coach – she is a friend, mentor and role model.”

Lycamobile chairman Subaskaran Allirajah offered his congratulations to the winners at Lord’s, adding: “We are honoured to support these awards, recognising the hard work and dedication of those involved.

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners on behalf of Lycamobile.”

Luke Swanson, chief executive at Chance to Shine, also paid tribute to Nasim, who coaches the Redbridge borough girls in the London Youth Games competitions.

“Our goal is to inspire young people to play and learn through cricket. Saba is a shining example of that,” he added.

“At Chance to Shine we have huge admiration for the outstanding work that Saba has done and will continue to do. We are proud beyond words to be associated with her.”

England cricketer Jason Roy, who attended the event, said: “It’s been a fantastic evening celebrating the people whose commitment to cricket is helping to spread the game.”


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