Saifeldeen Bassowa

Saif is a member of the Youth Sport Trust Youth Board. Positioned at the heart of our organisation, our Youth Board represents and communicates the views of all young people to inform and enhance our work.

Saif Bassowa


Tell us about what do you currently do? 

I am currently a first-year university student, immersing myself in the world of Software Engineering. Concurrently, I hold a part-time position at BLGC Youth Club, where my responsibilities include orchestrating diverse sports and arts sessions for individuals aged 8 to 18. Additionally, I volunteer with OnSide, contributing to the establishment of youth clubs in both Preston and Salford. I also actively engage in StreetGames, offering support for various tasks, including involvement in summer camps tailored for young individuals.


Tell us about your sporting background?

My upbringing has been deeply influenced by sports and martial arts, sparking a profound interest in activities that contribute to both physical and mental well-being. Over the years, I have acquired coaching qualifications in volleyball, extending my expertise to encompass sitting volleyball for individuals with special needs. My coaching portfolio further includes boxing and football with BLGC, and I am a certified indoor climbing instructor through Wigan Youth Zone. I am currently working towards obtaining a cheer and tumbling qualification.


What is your particular area of interest when it comes to accessing sport?

While sports opportunities abound, awareness often falls short. Joining the Youth Board provides me with a platform to advocate for sports nationwide, with a particular focus on promoting volleyball. As a board member, I aspire to foster the establishment of more volleyball clubs across the country, given its inclusive and enjoyable nature that promotes physical activity and teamwork.


If you could change one thing about sport or physical activity for young people, what would that be and why did you want to become a member of the Youth Board?

If I were to pinpoint one aspect of youth sports that warrants improvement, it would be the financial accessibility. I have personally faced challenges sustaining my involvement in volleyball due to associated costs. Consequently, my aim as a board member is to alleviate financial barriers, making sports more accessible for young people by addressing not only session costs but also related expenses such as transport and equipment.


Tell us a fun or interesting fact about yourself.    

On a lighter note, I possess musical flair and am proficient in playing the ukulele, adding a unique dimension to my diverse interests.