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Nasim recognised for efforts by PM’s wife

PUBLISHED: 11:15 04 February 2016

Saba Nasim being presented with her award by Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron (pic: Chance to Shine)

Saba Nasim being presented with her award by Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron (pic: Chance to Shine)

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Redbridge native Saba Nasim says it is fantastic to have been recognised for her efforts in setting up the borough’s first girls’ cricket team after being presented with an award by Samantha Cameron.

Nasim set up the Redbridge Rangers, affiliated to Wanstead Cricket club who celebrate their 150th anniversary this year, after realising there were no female teams in the borough in 2013.

The Level Two cricket coach has since dedicated a lot of her time to visiting local schools and encouraging young girls in the local area to join the team.

Her efforts have proved a success, with Nasim now coaching up to 60 children aged between eight to 18 on a regular basis.

Earlier this week, the 28-year-old was presented with her award by the Prime Minister’s wife during a special Downing Street reception for cricket charity Chance to Shine.

The 27-year-old is the latest recipient of the Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.

And Nasim says it is fantastic to be recognised for the brilliant work that she hopes to continue long into the future.

“It’s an absolutely amazing feeling to have won this award. Coaching cricket to young girls and helping them to learn life skills as well as working in a team to achieve success is my way of giving back to the community,” she said.

“The project has grown enormously since it began in May 2013 and it is very satisfying to see how it has benefited these young girls and women and I have Chance to Shine to thank for that.

“I hope that my project can continue to grow so many more girls can benefit from this great initiative.”


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