Chelsea set to host Asian Star event

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Chelsea will host the seventh annual Asian Star event on May 25 in a bid to further improve Asian participation at all levels of the game.

As reported by BBC Sport, more than 400 players aged 9 to 12 are expected to turn out at the club's Cobham training ground for the event, where participants will compete in a series of games and tests to examine speed, skill and agility.

The winners of each age group will then be invited to Chelsea Foundation's Youth Development Centre.

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Sporting participation for ethnic minorities is an ever-present issue in the UK, and one that the west London club is clearly trying to rectify through inviting managers, coaches and scouts from a range of clubs and levels to watch the youngsters play.

The scheme, launched in 2009, is the first of it's kind to be implemented by a professional football club, with the aim being to give exposure to aspiring Asian footballers, and allow them to establish themselves in competitive football.

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Brilliant day 

Working with coaches from the Zesh Rehman Foundation, an organisation that challenges perceptions surrounding British Asian footballers, the club will also provide workshops and useful information to the parents of those playing.

The event begins at 9am and finishes at 4pm, with the day concluded by a prize giving ceremony.

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Zeshan Rehman
Premier League

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