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The search for an Asian Star

More than 100 youngsters took part in the talent identification event at The Hub, Holford Drive, Perry Barr, on Saturday.

And the winners from four age groups now get the chance to trial at Blues Academy.

They are: Sharnveer Singh Dulay (Under-9s), Hassan Ismail Ahmed (Under-10s), Jay Sangha (Under-11s), Jay-Jay Singh Randhawa (Under-12s).

Kristjaan Speakman, Blues Academy Manager, commented: "The Academy has made a strong commitment to community projects and we feel it’s important to inspire local children to get involved in football. 

"This initiative highlights that commitment and our desire to provide opportunity for players in Birmingham to go on and represent Birmingham City FC regardless of their ethnic heritage.

"As a Club we were delighted to support and participate in the event, which proved to be a major success."

Blues joined forces with the Football Association, Birmingham County FA and top local side Continental Star to stage the competition.

Speakman, Blues' Academy Recruitment Officer Carl McNally and Blues coaches were on hand to help oversee proceedings.

Steve Brown, the FA's Head of Talent ID, was one of the key judges.

The boys received coaching sessions and took part in small-sided games.

The winners also earned an invitation to an England senior men's international at Wembley as guests of the FA.

And every entrant got a family ticket for a Blues game at St. Andrew's this season.

The Birmingham Asian Star initiative is part of the FA's three-year plan Bringing Opportunities To Communities to increase Asian inclusion and development in grass roots football.

The day-long event included presentations for parents and coaches about coach licensing, the England DNA, getting into football, talent identification and the FA's plans for the future.

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