Vintage Celtic In Europe – 2016 Vilamoura Tournament
Vintage Celtic in Europe is happening for the first time in May 2016. The Vilamoura tournament in the Algarve region of Portugal is the venue for our lads representing the club.
Unfortunately we have only managed to enrol 4 players from the club so have had to field a combined team with Clitheroe Walking Football Club. With their 5 players we will have a squad of 9. We are entering the tournament under the name L & C Vintners. L & C represents Clitheroe from Lancashire and ourselves based in Cheshire. Vintners was suggested as we all enjoy a glass or two of wine.
Our lads are travelling out on the 5th May, with one returning on the 8th May and the other three on the 12th May.
Rather than acclimatising for a few days before the tournament it was felt that much rehydration would be needed afterwards owing to the hot climate. So four days will be spent visiting museums, churches, drinking bottled water and generally taking in the local culture.
The Clitheroe club was only formed around 12 months ago and we are not much older so it will be interesting to see how we gel as one team. Vintage Celtic In Europe will be playing in the famous Celtic blue kit and it is hoped we can do the club proud on this first foray into Europe.
It is yet to be confirmed but it looks as though there may be 14 teams in the 2 day tournament. A number of these will be local teams, no doubt containing a few ex pats. All teams are staying in the resort complex in 1 or 2 bedroom villas at Brown’s Sports & Leisure Club a short distance inland from Vilamoura.
After the final day’s play and presentation of trophies and medals a BBQ dinner will be held for all competing teams. It is hoped that this first Vintage Celtic In Europe trip will be the start of many more.