Olhão to host international walking football tournament

António Camacho, councillor for education, sport and leisure at Olhão town hall, was delighted to announce that the town has been chosen to stage the first major international tournament organised by East Algarve Walking Football on November 15 and 16.

Event organiser John Knight said: “We are extremely grateful to the Olhão council for providing the excellent facilities at the Municipal Stadium with its superb astro-turf pitches.”

Early interest has been shown by clubs from across the UK as well as Spain, Gibraltar and Portugal.

Thousands of older men across Europe have rediscovered the joys of playing football through a sport that makes the basic elements of a match accessible to them by slowing the game down.

In addition, the camaraderie and social events have brought a whole new dimension to the sport. Fun, fitness and friendship are the key words.

Photo: from left: António Camacho (councillor for education, sport and leisure at Olhão town hall), Chris Wright (President of East Algarve Walking Football) and Paulo Farinho (Olhão town hall sports division)