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Rising Asian Football Stars

More Asian footie talent needed

Chelsea Football Club are embarking on an ambitious programme of finding Asian talent seeking to redress the woeful underrepresentation of Asian players in the Premiership.

For the second consecutive year Chelsea has launched the “Search for an Asian Soccer Star” programme that will see over 300 youngsters train and Chelsea’s training ground in Cobham Surrey during the May bank holiday.
Youngsters between the ages of 8 and 13 years old are being targeted and will receive expert tuition and assessments from Chelsea’s coaches.

Also on the hunt for Asian talent is Bradford City captain Zesh Reheman who is set to launch his own football foundation in May, Reheman became the first British to play in the Premier League in 2004.

“The foundation’s aim will be to raise the aspirations of kids,” Rehman told BBC Asian Network. “It will be to get them to do something positive using the power of football.”

Zehman a Pakistan international was awarded Professional Footballers Association Player in the Community Award for 2010

In 2006 academic Jas Bains published a reports accusing the Football Association of Ifailing to engage with the UK’s Asian community. His report “Asians Can’t Play Football.” reported that less than 1% of the hundreds of kids at Premier League academies are British Asians.

Whilst these initiatives are to be welcomed its clear that the Football Association must invest more money and resources in seeking to make the beautiful game much more inclusive.

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