The runaway success of Walking Football in the Algarve has resulted in a new venue opening on January 11 in Tavira.
The municipal stadium will become the weekly gathering point for those over 50 who want to improve their fitness and get back to playing football at a more leisurely pace.
The game is small sided, with no running on or off the ball, very little contact and kick-ins instead of throw-ins.
The 3G astro-turf pitch – the ‘give’ in the surface helps keep knee and ankle joints supple – is situated in Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis near the Plaza Shopping Centre and opposite the monthly market site.
Keen Newcastle United fan Alan Whittle, proprietor of the Santa Lucia Bar in the town, has generously sponsored the start-up costs of getting the activity established. The sessions will run from 9.30am to 11.30am.
Down the coast, Soccer Olhanense Strollers (S.O.S.) recently welcomed Escuri Strollers for a friendly tournament in Olhão with the more experienced home side taking the honours.
For details of Walking Football in Olhão, Lagos, Tavira and Vilamoura email [email protected]
Photo: Escuri Strollers (yellow) from Spain and Soccer Olhanense Strollers