Ancelotti backs Asian Soccer Star
With less than two weeks to go before the start of Chelsea’s second Search for an Asian Star campaign Manager Carlo Ancelotti is encouraging young Asian players to sign to the groundbreaking scheme.
The programme is designed to breakdown barriers between football and the Asian community and encourage young Asian players to get involved with the game at all levels.
Through a series of tests and matches, Chelsea hopes to uncover stars of the future. Two of last year’s winners have now gone to sign for professional club academies.
“This is a huge opportunity to come to Chelsea and enjoy the best coaches and the best training ground,” said the Double winning manager.
“Everyone with a love for the game should sign up and see what they can do – it will be great fun and a good way to make new friends and who knows, perhaps one day we will see you at Chelsea.”
The tournament will take place on the second May Bank Holiday weekend (29-31) for players from Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi backgrounds aged eight to 13-years-old.
Participants will take part in series tests specifically designed and used by the Chelsea academy to examine speed, skill and ability followed by small sided games.
One player from each age group will be selected for a week’s training with the Chelsea academy squads during the summer. Two of last year’s winners have since gone to be signed by Leyton Orient and Southend.
Chelsea Football Club will also be inviting managers, coaches and scouts from clubs at all levels of the game to identify talented youngsters and information will also be on hand for Asian players to find clubs in their area.
Applications are now open but places are limited for each day. To register for the trials please visit www.chelseafc.com/asiansoccerstar