Chelsea's ground-breaking Asian Star programme is the only initiative of its kind undertaken by a professional football club and is designed to give a much-needed boost to Asian participation at all levels of the game.
Players from Asian backgrounds undertake a series of specifically designed tests followed by small-sided matches competing for a chance to win a week-long trial at our world-famous Academy. Since the 2008/09 season, four players have gone on to sign for professional clubs' academies.
The scheme is not just about finding the next superstar, it is also about breaking down barriers, showing Asian players that opportunities at all levels of the game do exist and encouraging them to maximise their potential. Chelsea also invite managers, coaches and scouts from clubs at all levels of the game to identify talented youngsters and information is on hand for Asian players to find local clubs in their area.
To register your interest in next year's Asian Star please email email@example.com and we will let you know when applications open.
Community Coaching Tour
Chelsea also undertake an annual community tour to provide free coaching for Asian players in schools, clubs and community organisations. Highlights from last season included events at the Neasden Temple and the West London Islamic Centre.
Chelsea were also proud to host the Asian Cup Final at Stamford Bridge for the sixth successive year as well as continuing to sponsor the Community Football Award at the annual GG2 Awards.