Teenager Yasmin wins award after uncovering hidden talent

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:05 02 September 2016

Exmouth Jester’s Basketball Club - Yasmin bottom left

Exmouth Jester's Basketball Club - Yasmin bottom left

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Exmouth teenager Yasmin Nelmes has been named Devon’s Satellite Club participant of the year in recognition of her ‘outstanding commitment’ to taking part in community sport.

Yasmin, 17, will be presented with her award by Sport England at Exmouth Community College sports hall.

The teenager has told of how she went from being ‘virtually inactive’ at school, to attending the Exmouth Jester’s Basketball Club - one of 60 satellite clubs in Devon coordinated by Active Devon.

She supports the satellite club as an activity leader, welcomes new participants and organises friendly fixtures and coaching sessions.

Yasmin said: “I was not at all active at school and was not exercising on a regular basis. Through Jester’s Basketball Club, I have gained friends and we come together once a week to play as a team and work together.

“It has helped me to gain confidence and improve my fitness.

“Winning the regional participant of the year award is just the icing on the cake.”

Matt Evans, Active Devon’s chief executive officer, said: “Yasmin is a real credit. She is looking forward to a bright future, learning new skills and even getting a new qualification as she progresses through a coaching qualification in basketball. By attending the basketball club, her self-confidence, communication and team work skills have really grown. Satellite clubs build bridges for young people who may not have had positive experience of sport in school.”

Sport England’s Mike Diaper, said: “Yasmin is a fantastic inspiration for young people in Devon.

“Satellite clubs offer young people the chance to learn something new, uncover hidden depths and realise new talents.”

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