New Laws of the game for the EAWF group

Following consultation with various members of the group, and taking into account the newly released FA Laws of Walking Football, we now have our own definitive set of Laws for use at our sessions in Olhao and Tavira. These will come into force from October 1st

Please see our laws of the game page for more details, and to view and download these new Laws.

Please familiarise yourselves with these new Laws, and as always feel free to email us should you have any questions.

Lots to tell you….

We now have an events page on our website, where you will find details on all the upcoming social activities and tournaments. This can be found here.

We are also looking into starting a new session in Olhao on Tuesdays beginning in October. This will be strictly for the over 60s (following our normal WF rules with minimal contact). Hopefully this will give players who feel our normal Thursday sessions are a little “competitive” a chance to enjoy themselves with even less chance of injury etc.

We are also looking at starting a running football session for those interested, which will start in October at Tavira (likely on a Wednesday). Please let us know if you are interested in this so we can gauge numbers by emailing us at Many thanks to Steve Johnson for volunteering to help organise this.

Additionally, how about a game of walking cricket? To celebrate our 3-year anniversary we are arranging an afternoon of cricket/football/picnics/what have you at Tavira after our normal Monday WF session in late September. More details will follow, but again let us know your interest by emailing us at

Finally, we have a number of tournaments (both major and more social) coming up over the next few months; see our events page for more details.

An Evening with our own Brian Kilcline

There will be an evening with Brian Kilcline, FA Cup Final winning captain in 1987, held at the Black Anchor, Tavira Riverside, on Thursday 14th September at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm.

Entry is €10, including light refreshment, with all proceeds going to local charities.

There will also be a raffle on the night, with the chance to win a mint condition, signed 1987 Limited Edition Subbuteo Table Football game featuring the Everton v Coventry City Charity Shield game.

To reserve tickets, please email

Pictures from the Beach Festival

Here is a slideshow of some pictures from the Mike Wreford Walking Football Beach Festival, July 2017

Walking Football Beach Festival

A recent study has pinpointed nine factors that contribute to the risk of dementia and two of those risks, physical inactivity (4%) and social isolation (3%), are tackled head-on by the seventy members of the East Algarve Walking Football group. Weekly sessions at Olhão and Tavira together with a variety of social events and spin-off activities such as cycling and horse riding prove popular. The first Mike Wreford WF Beach Festival, in honour of founder member Mike who tragically passed away earlier this year following a brave battle with lung cancer, was held on Armona Island. Over eighty players, officials and families enjoying a multitude of fun activities – beach soccer, volleyball and rounders – although underwater petanque sunk without trace! Mike’s brother-in-law and nephew, Graham and Toby Keepence flew over especially for the event and presented the MIKE WREFORD WF NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AWARD.

Mike’s two sons, Joel and Pat, sent the following message:

We love the idea that frolicking is one of the main draws!  Honestly, it’s such a great idea and couldn’t be more of a fitting tribute to Dad. We are genuinely grateful to you and the whole crew out there for keeping his memory going. I know you know what a legend he was but for us, it’s incredibly touching to see how well liked he was out there and how much fun you guys are going to have in his honour. Lounging around on the beach was Dad in his element (or his office as he liked to call it) so there’s literally no better way to celebrate him. I know we have all shared happy memories on that island with him so really the only downside is that he won’t be there to get involved, I know he would be at the bar asking for a pound out the till and dancing with his thumbs out!

Free Yoga Sessions

Yoga and Mindfullness with Lucy

(Yoga Instructor, Yoga and Mindfullness Therapist)

Lucy is offering yoga sessions for free at 10.00 am on Thursday July 27th in the Black Anchor Irish Bar, Tavira, and also during the Mike Wreford Beach Festival that afternoon.

She says “Come and join me for 90 minutes of Mindful Yoga practice. Discover which areas of your body you are holding on to and experience release in them. Engaging your muscles and softening those tight areas bringing about feelings of lightness and revitalisation. Moving with your breath and settling into your body, the practice will be slow but strong and suitable for beginners and those with experience. Aimed to bring awareness to your mind and body connection but with a sense of fun! Concluding with a deep yogic relaxation leaving you feeling restored and refreshed”

As mentioned, both sessions are free, but please bring your own yoga mat. Hope to see a few of you there!

Two European matches at the Estadio do Algarve this week

There are two European Club Qualifying games at the Estadio do Algarve this week.

First up, tonight (4th July) at 6.30 pm sees College Europa (from Gibraltar) take on TNS (of Wales) in the Champions League First Qualifying Round, second leg. College Europa won the first leg in Wales 2-1.

Then on Thursday (6th July) Lincoln Red Imps (of Gibraltar) take on AEK Larnaca in the Europa League Qualifying first round (kick-off 9 pm). Larnaca lead 5-0 from the first leg.