Foundation supports Khalsa federation

The Khalsa Football Federation tournament came to London last weekend with the Chelsea Foundation on hand to support the annual event.

Harlington Sports Ground, Imperial College, staged the event on Saturday and Sunday with 56 senior teams and 36 junior teams attending the second leg of the tournament.

The Khalsa Football Federation was set-up in the mid-70s to provide Asian football teams in England a platform to compete competitively at grass-roots level.

The Chelsea Foundation has strong ties with KFF following our groundbreaking Asian Star initiative and Foundation coaches were in attendance to run coaching sessions for juniors as well as offer support and advice to players and parents.

Chelsea Foundation Middlesex area co-ordinator Dean Challis said: 'As our national game football should be open and inclusive to everyone regardless of race and religion, gender, disabilities or sexuality.

'Chelsea Football Club and the Chelsea Foundation share Khalsa's passion for creating opportunities for players of all ages and abilities throughout the Asian Community.

'Our own Asian Star initiative highlights the work that is taking place throughout the year in London and South East England developing these opportunities for both players and coaches.

'Fantastic initiatives like this give everyone a chance to enjoy football in a fun environment and help young players to develop their skills and make new friends.

'Football can inspire, educate and motivate and we hope that every participant whether they won or lost, is inspired to develop their game at whatever level they play.'

As well as the football on offer the event is designed to encourage young people at their host events to get involved in sports with attendees getting a taste for a range of other sporting activities such as athletics, badminton, cricket, hockey, tennis and volleyball.

The first leg of the tournament took place in Walsall, while Leicester, Derby and Birmingham will all stage events later this summer.