The driving force behind the tour has been myself (Davinder Sangha) as well as all the players who came on the Malta Tour 2009. I expected Malta to be a one off; an ambition achieved, but during the tour itself players started asking about another one.
Portugal was chosen due to flight routes. We didn’t make the same mistakes as in the Malta Tour where the flights (British Airways from Gatwick Airport) caused a hike in the price. This time I also did a lot of the ground work in by self selecting hotels, etc.
The main driving force in Portugal is Gary Thomas, an ex-pat who has his own team out there. I found his email after several searches and dead ends and we began a dialogue. As it happens he has produced similar tours in the past, but not as a full-time occupation. It’s thanks to Gary that we’ve arranged the opponents and also transportation. His online store is called Destination Football (Destination Football Artigos de Desportos Lda to be accurate) and he deals with football gear in Portugal.
However, he is in the process of putting a website together for football tours here in Portugal. Although he’s been organising stuff for about 15 years, he never really advertised and I suppose our tour has started the ball rolling. The online website is now http://www.algarvefootballtours.com . It just has a holding page at the moment, but should go live soon.
Algarve Football Tours – for all your Football Tours abroad, we offer the whole package! Algarve, Portugal, Spain.
Everything from 5-a-side / 7-a-side up to Full 11-a-side Football Matches and Tour Tournaments.
Welcome to Algarve Football Tours. We offer you a one-stop shop for Football Tours in Portugal.
We create “tailor made” packages to suit your requirements including accommodation, transport, football fixtures or just a one off match. All ages, standards & budgets can be catered for.
Football tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to see the World, choosing the Algarve for your football trip, gives you the chance to experience one of the great football cultures in Europe.
Algarve Football Tours can organise, 5s ,7s and 11 a side matches & multi team tournaments. Social, pub, veteran, office, Sunday League & Junior teams are all catered for & of cause why not make that Stag Party a little different and incorporate a friendly match.
We have an excellent standard of football pitches & venues here in the Algarve, suitable for every level of football. As well as the football we can lay on great venues for trophy presentations, post match drinks at local bars or typical restaurants, so you can kick back & celebrate your challenges.
Celebrity footballers can occasionally be seen about the Algarve. With the occasional player adorning a kit & joining in matches.
The Algarve has plenty more to offer for fun seekers, so if you want a little more than just football, check out the other activities.
You can be assured from the moment you touch down at Faro airport we will be at hand to take the worry out of your trip, leaving you to enjoy your tour & holiday.
And you can be sure your football trip experience will be to the highest standard & one to remember.