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Posted by portugalpress on October 04, 2017
East Algarve Walking footballers lift the Primeira Liga Trophy
Olhão winning team L to R Roy Clark, George Allen, Jonathan Syed, Frankie Aherne, kneeling Andy Smith, Mark Wilson and Jon Berril
The Algarve group meet the stadium's resident eagles

The Benfica Foundation, a social partner involving all sectors of the community, welcomed East Algarve Walking Football players to the Estádio da Luz for a festival of walking football last week. And what a day it was! As well as a series of games involving teams from Benfica, Olhão, Tavira and Vilamoura, the 50-strong group from the Algarve enjoyed wonderful hospitality from the Primeira Liga champions.

A tour of the museum and stadium including a meeting with two of the feathered raptors, who fly before every home game, was followed by lunch in the corporate dining rooms.

Andy Smith was interviewed by Benfica TV before the group were presented with signed shirts by their hosts.

The Benfica Foundation has done much good work with those from disadvantaged backgrounds, especially young people, and this progression into working with older age groups is paying dividends.

Olhão ‘A’ won the final on penalties against Browns Vilamoura but the day was about much more than football as the social interaction between the groups will auger well for future events. It is hoped that the new-found friendships will be rekindled when Benfica visit Olhão to play SC Olhanense in the next round of the Portugal Cup next weekend. www.walkingfootballalgarve.com

By CHRIS WRIGHT

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