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Krasny Yar v Leceister Tigers Academy 11.4.14 in Vilamoura, Portugal.

In Algarve, Portugal, Sports - football, soccer on April 14, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

A couple of dozen pictures and a short video clip from the rugby.

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You may need to download the video clip before viewing. It’s the fairly dramatic last minute of the match, Leicester three points down and going for the winning score.

Official match report here on Tigers website

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Vilamoura

In Algarve, Portugal on April 12, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

I went to Vilamoura yesterday (Friday 11th) for the afternoon Rugby at Brown’s Club. I took the bus to Roxha Baixhina from where it is only a 30 minute walk along the cliffs and beach into Vilamoura. I took a few pictures around the marina and on the way to Browns. It was a very nice sunny day. Here is one, the rest are here. Rugby pictures to follow.

 

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Why no one in the UK learns to play football any more. The example of Portugal.

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal, Sports - football, soccer on April 10, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

While the UK national and local authorities are reducing and withdrawing funding for team sports, a small village population 3,700 not far from Albufeira has raised the funds necessary to build a new facility for use by the local football club and all its age groups. It only opened in January this year and it not yet complete. The changing rooms are temporary, but the pitch is there, the floodlights are up and it works.

It replaced a very old ground which had the dreaded ‘terra batida’ or gravel pitch which are now banned.

Meanwhile kids in the UK can no longer play for weeks, even months, at a time as the places they use become mudheaps at the first sign of rain and the local councils, Football Association and all the rest don’t do a thing about it. Small wonder that less than half the players in the English Premier League are English and that when clubs want a young player they go to France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium etc where this type of setup is normal and they can practice two nights a week almost regardless of the weather. For the cost of two weeks of Wayne Rooney’s new wage packet, this type of ground can be built. Bit of course in the UK the neighbours would complain about the noise, the floodlights, the traffic etc etc then withdraw satisfied behind their curtains but fearful to go out as the local youth has nothing to do but hang about the streets.

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A rural scene near Albufeira

In Albufeira, Algarve, Animals, Portugal on April 10, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Barely two miles from the hustle and bustle of the centre of Albufeira, but still within the resort area, there are some open spaces where the rural life of the past can still be seen. Thee pictures were taken in Sesmarias.

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Salgados Beach Albufeira April 8th 2014

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on April 10, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Just a couple to cheer up those of you that wish you were here.

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Salgados Lagoon update

In Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal on April 9, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

On the way back from Armação de Pêra I went by the Salgados Lagoon. After last week’s rain it is now very full. There is still work taking place but for the most part it is looking good.

Sample picture, taken 8th April. Rest at http://1drv.ms/1g7zHB5

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A sunny early April day in Armação de Pêra

In Algarve, Portugal on April 9, 2014 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

Especially to make jealous those shivering in cold norther climes, yesterday around here it was 23C. I cycled over to Armação de Pêra and took a couple of pictures of people enjoying the beach and the sea, Good job they made the most if it. Today has been very cloudy, with little sun and a few spots of rain.

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