THE latest addition to the Andalusian Gaelic Football League in Spain, Celta Málaga, are on the lookout for more players in a bid to grow their playing base.
A club that began with a handful of players grew into 27 with men and women thriving.
Cavan native John Campbell, who hadn’t played football since his days with Kingscourt u-12s saw a poster for the club in a pub
And so his football career was back on track.
They are in a league with Costa Gaels Marbella, Éire Óg Sevilla and Gibraltar Gaels.
The overall goal is to expand the competition with teams from Lisbon, Córdoba and the Algarve. The original 11-a-side was brought down to seven to help new teams get off the ground.
For Málaga, improvement will be transforming their winless season into picking up a few victories.
“In the second year, we want to double the size of men’s team and keep the ladies team progressing,” John said.
“We want to be competing to win it next year and there is no reason why we couldn’t. From that if you win in Andalusia it opens the door to games against teams from across Spain.
That’s for another day. For now, it’s about growing the squad, polishing up the skills and having a ball – off the pitch – along the way.
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Anyone interest in joining Celta Málaga contact them via Facebook. All newcomers are welcome.