By: Natasha Smith
DESPITE A wet start to the day on Saturday, and the threat of a postponed match, the skies cleared and the games began.
Donning their new strips, proudly sponsored by The Resident, players from Academia de Futebol Alto da Colina (AFAC) were ready for their match against Padernense Clube. There was definitely magic in the air, as AFAC rejoiced their stunning 11-0 victory!
Led by coaches Paulo Dias and Miguel Cunha, the team worked well together and had great communication on the pitch: skills which they had learnt from weekly training sessions at their ground, adjacent to Alto da Colina, in Balaia, Albufeira. The training sessions, which are held every Saturday morning, teach the children balance, ball control, passing and skills. They are taught football rules and each player is coached in the responsibilities of each position. They also learn concentration and team work, which they transferred over well on match day.
The academy is open to boys and girls, between the ages of five and 12, and there are children from many different nationalities.
AFAC plays against three other teams in their league: Imortal DC, FC Ferreiras and Padernense Clube and each team plays the other twice. This is a great way for young children to keep fit and interact with other children outside of school.
The next match will take place at Estádio João Campos in Paderne, on April 14, at 3pm, between Academia and FC Ferreiras on pitch two. Padernense Clube will play Imortal D.C. on pitch one.
For more information about the academy, visit http://academiadefutebol.albufeira.com or call Miguel Cunha on 966 467 064.
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