England one-day international star Samit Patel is urging young players from the Asian community to sign up to the Asian Star programme before applications close on Monday 29 April.

Asian Star is the first scheme of its kind ever undertaken by a professional football club. It is designed to give a much-needed boost to Asian participation at all levels of the game. The initiative still has a small amount of places available in the under-9s to under-12s age groups.

‘It’s important that Asian kids get the opportunities at whichever sport they choose,’ said Patel.

‘Programmes such as Chelsea’s Asian Star are a massive boost for Asian football and I’m sure that many more young players from Asian backgrounds will get the chances in the game that their talent deserves.’

There are still a few places left for Asian Star 2013. The event will take place at Chelsea’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. This year’s prize is a season-long place within our Football Development Centre.

Please visit www.chelseafc.com/asianstar for further details and to sign up now.

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