An Asian team will be dispelling the myth that Asians can't play football next Sunday when they play in the final of England's most competitive amateur cup competition for the second time in five years.
Albion Sports, from inner city Bradford, will travel to Anfield, home of Liverpool FC, for the final of the FA Carlsberg Cup on Sunday, having overcome some of the English amateur game's finest teams.
The future is looking particularly bright for the Bradford team as their success in reaching the Carlsberg Cup Final coincides with the club securing partners for a multi-million pound multi - sport pitch and changing facilities.
The club has a thriving youth set- up working with kids as young as 7 years old to develop the cream of Bradford talent.
On route to the final Albion Sports beat teams from Birmingham, Liverpool, Swindon, Hartlepool and Reading, progressing through 7 rounds in what known as one of the toughest footballing contests in Britain.
They will face Gossoms End FC from Hertfordshire in the final.
Kully Sandu, Manager of Albion Sports, commented, "The team has done magnificently to progress all the way to the final overcoming some really tough fixtures along the way. We are a predominantly Asian team and see ourselves as a team that gives everyone who wants to play an equal opportunity.
"The future of the club looks bright and given the interest in the local area from all communities we are certain this won't be the last time we visit this Cup final.
Piara Powar, director of Kick It Out said: "Albion Sports success both on and off the pitch highlights the talent that exists in the Asian community and the clubs ability to overcome barriers of exclusion to develop a solid foundation to help nurture future talent.
"The club have come along way in a relatively short period and in reaching the most widely recognised amateur cup final in England, have already challenged the negative stereotypes facing Asian players in the game."
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