Teams from the Algarve, England, Scotland, France and Canada gathered together at Browns in Vilamoura last week for the 5TH edition of the Algarve Walking Football Cup.
In total, 16 teams took part in the over 50s category and twenty in the over 60s, with players just starting their walking football career to 80-year-old Peter Walpole, winner of the “forever young” award given to the oldest participant in the tournament.
The game has grown both nationally and internationally over recent years with the growth the the Algarve alone being significant (see the community sports section for information on sessions in the region).
Every player has their own personal story on how the game has improved their physical health, but the common theme is one of friendship and the experience of sharing a common passion for the sport.
The way the tournament at Browns was structured is in itself social; all the teams played throughout the two day period, with seven to eight games for each team. The scores are tallied up, and over 12 teams got up on stage to accept their trophy at the award ceremony held at the tournament’s barbeque.
In the over 50s category, Final Cup winners were local team Olhão, Plate winners Heart of Midlothian, the Bowl Trophy went to Sheffield Wednesday and Tavira won the Wood Final.
The final classification of the over 60s category saw Birmingham Greens victorious, Ormskirk South winning the Plate final, Tullibody Reds winners of the Bowl Final and Tweedvale Yellows accepting the winning trophy for the Wood Final.
Next year Browns will host the 5th edition of the Browns Walking Football Festival in May followed by the 6th edition of the Algarve Walking Football Cup in October.