HUGE THANK YOU! To the volunteers from Citi Bank that breathed fresh life into an abandoned Youth Centre. NCY has been give stewardship of the building initially for storage of Newham BMX Club bikes. After meeting the estate manager NCY will be delivering pop-up youth work activities, because there has been no provision in this area for young people since the centre closed in 2013. ‘Young people on the estate are crying out for something constructive to do.’ The clearance of break-in damage, accumulated grime and abandoned broken equipment by the Citi volunteers means now there are a range of spaces where various activities now can be delivered.
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Monday 26th October 2015 is a BIG DAY for Gooseley Playing Fields. BMX FUN DAY is a joint celebration of the BMX track’s completed refurbishment and the local community BMX Club’s 5th birthday. Kristian Bridge BMX-treme’s head coach who has been volunteering with club since being establishing 2010 said “We’ll be running sessions ALL DAY, we’ll be coaching from 10am to 1pm as part of the half-term BMX Academy then carrying on through to 4pm on and off track. Come down to Gooseley Playing Fields we have the coaches, bikes and safety equipment ALL FOR FREE!”
Sunday 25th October saw the conclusion of Newham’s National Old Person’s Day Programme at Hamara Ghar, where elderly volunteers from across Green Street East & West and Boleyn were recognised by Councillor’s Obaid Khan and Jose Alexander. New Choices for Youth, youth club ‘SafeZone’ donated cinema equipment, so elderly woman’s, Katherine Road 50+, coram group members and local residents could enjoy the cult movie Sholay. There was also popcorn & pizza served by volunteers.
On behalf of Cheryl (Chair of trustees) and Marcia (CEO) of NCY . . . Thanks to everyone for making NCY’s 30th birthday a truly memorable event and we look forward to seeing you at future celebrations.
It was nice sharing such a lovely evening with young people and staff from past and present, as well as supporters and partners from Newham and other London boroughs throughout the years.
We would also like to thank Vanessa for her solo and duet performances, as well as the young representatives from each project, the staff and volunteers that supported us in the planning, preparation and making this event the best it could be.
As part of the thirtieth birthday celebrations of NCY we have been posting images of days-gone-by. If you appear in them or know someone please don’t hesitate to contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff have been digitizing archive of photos, so if you want to trace old pictures with you in them contact the office.
Though fielding a smaller squad, Newham retained their 13th ranking. Newham’s performance was still strong against the other phase one Olympic legacy clubs, along with ten other boroughs Waltham Forest failed to gain any points, Greenwich and Tower Hamlets dropped their rankings. Most significantly Tower Hamlets from 11 to 17 and it goes without saying the Newham squad extends their congratulations to the many racers for the Hackney team for climbing to first from second last year.
Though there are some inherent challenges being a novice team in this event; mainly the impact on confidence & esteem being in races ‘toe-to-toe’ with regional and national riders, when this is a once in a year race for all the Newham squad. Plus this year some riders missed motos, because of selective calling from pen to start mound, but the whole team found the day exceedingly enjoyable and see this as a starting point for more racing competitions this year.
As coach of the club for the past five years, I am immensely proud of this year’s Newham riders. NCY BMX-treme has fielded a squad since the first London Youth Games Race at Greenwich in 2012. Every rider ended the day in a higher grouping than last year, all riders finished the races they started…even when taking a fall and from beginning to end they embodied positive competitive attitude.