3:18pm Wednesday 1st May 2013
By Asian Image reporter
As headline sponsors of the Asian Football Awards 2013 (AFA) Goals Soccer Centres are to host the inaugural ‘AFA Trophy’ Fives tournament.
The ‘AFA Trophy’ Fives is a tournament open to Asian players and teams and is designed to encourage, support and help develop talent at grassroots level within Asian communities throughout the UK.
Regional tournaments will take place across 22 Goals Soccer Centres throughout the UK in May and June, with a finals day taking place at Goals Gillette Corner in west London on Saturday 18th August. Scouts and coaches from across the professional game will be in attendance at both the regional heats and on finals day.
The winner of the tournament will be rewarded with a training day at the Chelsea FC Foundation at their training ground in Cobham and enjoy a table at the prestigious Asian Football Awards, where they will be presented with The AFA Trophy, on Tuesday 8 October at Wembley Stadium.
The AFA event will be attended by some of the biggest names in football, including Gary Lineker, and will be hosted by Sky Sports News Presenter, Dharmesh Sheth and BBC Asian Network host, Noreen Khan.
Goals National Marketing Manager, Michael Gibb, said: “We are particularly pleased to be hosting the inaugural ‘AFA Trophy’ Fives tournament, to help support and showcase the talent coming through at grassroots level within the Asian community.”
Baljit Rihal, Founder of The AFA, said: “We are very proud to have Goals Soccer Centres on board as headline sponsors for the AFA 2013 event. We are confident that The ‘AFA Trophy’ Fives tournament will become an annual fixture that will further highlight the untapped talent that exists.”
Other event partners and supporters include the FA, The PFA, Kick It Out, Show Racism the Red Card and Sporting Equals. The charity partner for this year’s event is British Airways’ Flying Start.
For more information and to find the nearest qualifying heat to you please visit http://www.goalsfootball.co.uk/Football/PromotionAFA.aspx?event=AFA. Entry costs £30 per team of eight which can only include 3 players of a non-Asian background.
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