KICK IT OUT CHIEF BACKS ASIAN STAR

Lord Herman Ouseley, chairman of football equality campaigners Kick It Out, has given the organisation's backing to the Chelsea Asian Star project.

Kick It Out works throughout the football, educational and community sectors to challenge discrimination, encourage inclusive practices and work for positive change. The organisation has supported the Asian Star initiative since its inception five years ago.

'Chelsea's Asian Star initiative goes from strength to strength,' said Lord Ouseley.

'It is now established as a bona fide pathway for young Asian footballers, long since critically underrepresented at the elite end of the game, to make headway at the grass roots level.

'As ever, Kick It Out is right behind it and we warmly congratulate the club on its continued success.'

Asian Star is the first scheme of its kind ever undertaken by a professional football club and is designed to give a much-needed boost to Asian participation at all levels of the game.

At the Asian Star event, which takes place at the club's Cobham training ground on Monday 6 May, players will be judged on a series of matches and tests specifically designed and used by the Chelsea Academy to examine speed, skill and ability.

Applications are now open for this year's event - please visit www.chelseafc.com/asianstar for further details.