Abhishek Bachchan supports Chelsea

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Abhishek Bachchan has joined the throng of celebrities backing Chelsea’s Asian Star programme as the closing date for applications draws near.

Chelsea fan Bachchan, one of the world’s most famous movie stars who has featured in a string of blockbusters, believes the Asian Star programme has been instrumental in getting the next generation of British Asians playing football.

Bachchan is now urging the parents of young players from the Under-9 to Under-12 age groups to sign up to the programme, which is giving a much-needed boost to Asian participation rates in our national game.

The Bollywood legend said: ‘Once again my club Chelsea is paving the way for a new generation of young Asian players to get involved with the game. You don’t have to be the best just to have a love of football and desire to succeed and who knows the 26 May 2012 could see a new star bursting onto the scene. It’s going to be a great day so sign up now.’

Asian Star is the first scheme of its kind ever undertaken by a professional football club. 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.

The Asian Star programme has already uncovered five potential stars of the future who went on to play for professional clubs’ academies. This year the initiative offers players the chance to win a year-long place within the Chelsea FC Foundation’s Elite Training Centre.

Applications are now open for Asian Star 2012, which takes place on Saturday 26 May at Chelsea’s state-of-the-art training ground.

Chelsea 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.