Lord Herman Ouseley backing leading campaign
ONE of football’s leading anti discrimination campaigners has welcomed Chelsea’s Search for an Asian Star campaign.
Lord Herman Ouseley, Chair of the inclusion and equality organisation Kick it Out, welcomed the initiative which is designed to give a much needed boost to the under-representation of Asian players throughout the game.
Lord Ouseley said: “The thirst for football within the Asian community is there and the lack of representation from its community on our radar for many years now. This initiative has already proved to be a successful way in providing tangible pathways into the game. We’re delighted to working closely with Chelsea to give it our full backing.”
Asian Soccer Star trials are open to players in the Under 9, 10, 11 and 12 age groups from Asian backgrounds however a priority will be given to players from Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi backgrounds.
Asian Star offers young players the chance to take part in series of matches and tests specifically designed and used by the Chelsea Academy to examine speed, skill and ability. One player from each of age groups represented will be selected for the Chelsea Academy summer trials where they will train and play alongside some of the country’s best young talent.
This year’s event will take place on 7th May at Chelsea’s world famous training ground in Cobham for players in the Under 9 to Under 12 age groups.
Applications are now open but places are limited for each day. To register for the trials please visit the Chelsea website www.chelseafc.com/asiansoccerstar