Thursday, May 11, 2006

Chelsea FC supports English Asian community cup


The English Premier League season may have drawn to a close but football at the Chelsea Football Club continued as the London club hosted the annual Asian Community Cup Final. It is the fourth consecutive year the event has been run in partnership with The London Asian Tigers. This year’s contest, between London Tigers from Westminster and London Apsa based in east London, was played in front of 1,000 fans. Tigers were the eventual winners on penalties after the scores were 1-1 after full-time.

The Cup is a nationwide tournament involving hundreds of footballers from Asian communities and uses the power of football to help strengthen bonds between communities. (Photo by Darren Walsh, CFC)

“It is a great feeling to see Asian mums and dads with family members who attended to see their son playing at the home of the Champions,” says Mesba Founder, director of London Tigers. “The atmosphere was unbelievable with all the shouting and cheering from the Tigers and Apsa fans, it was a fantastic multicultural day with people of all nationalities coming to watch this exciting final. Some of the players were very overwhelmed by just getting onto the pitch, for most of them it was a day they will remember for the rest of their lives.”

Michael Cole, London Football Development manager for Chelsea’s Football in the Community program, added: “Chelsea Football Club is fully committed to bringing the game to everyone, regardless of race, gender or ability and we are delighted to be able to host the Asian Community Cup here at Stamford Bridge again. The Cup is just part of the wide-ranging community scheme that we undertake here at Chelsea, which is now engaging thousands of young people throughout the area in football related-activities.”

See also: Kenyon: best club brands based on loyalty, passion (30 Apr) and AFC signs "Vision China" MOU with Chelsea FC (25 Apr)

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