Year gets off to busy sporting start

news: Year gets off to busy sporting start

The Algarve has definitely not been quiet in the world of sports this January, with rugby and football teams taking advantage of the Algarve’s warm weather to use the training facilities at Browns Sports & Leisure Club in Vilamoura.

Rugby teams including Sullivans Upper School, Oxford University and Wakefield Wildcats trained hard in unbeatable January weather. With 17/18 degree weather, teams were able to intensify their training using Browns’ facilities, including the outdoor pool.

Currently training at Browns are Leeds Rhinos Rugby League players and staff, who are hoping that the good weather persists.

The National Nigerian Football team have also been training in the Algarve since late December and played an excellent game in Barcelona against Catalonia on January 2, which ended in a 1-1 draw. They then played a friendly fixture against Cape Verde on Wednesday January 9 at the Algarve Stadium. The game was broadcast all over Africa with excess of 50 million viewers and was the first official international FIFA friendly fixture Browns Sports & Leisure Club has organised. “We’d like to thank all those involved in the organisation of the game. It was an excellent experience organising an official FIFA fixture at such an impressive stadium,” said Alan Brown.