11-04-2015

While Majorca is going to be swamped with security and government personnel from all over the world next month for a five-a-side football tournament, there is still time for local  teams to join the amateur tournament at special discount rates.This week, the President of the World Police Indoor Soccer Tournament, which this year will be celebrating its 33rd edition in Holland, Hans Emde, his Vice-president and President of the Majorcan tournament, Harry Engels, made their final trip to Majorca to meet local organiser Suzanne Lyons, the sales and marketing manager for Viajes Adramar, to make sure that everything is in place for the fourth Majorcan tournament which kicks off on 7 May with the grand opening ceremony in Santa Ponsa.
The main event for security and government personnel will run from 7 May to 11 May and there will be the first of two amateur five-a-side tournaments running simultaneously and while there are nearly 20 teams coming from all over the world, Harry would like to see more local teams competing and for that reason he has introduced some special rates.
The deadline for the May tournament is20 April, but the second amateur tournament is being held between 4-8 June and the deadline to sign up for that is 30 April.
Entrance fees for local teams is just 75 euros and, if you enter a second team, 50 euros, so, for any one entering two teams, the entrance fee is 125 euros.
But, with there still being time for teams to enter all tournaments, a second Chinese team, for example, entered only this week, Harry said that the number of footballers is well up on last year.
At the moment, there are  82 teams playing in the security and government personnel tournament and nearly 20 in the first of the two amateur events.
The teams in the security tournament are coming to Majorca from 37 different countries, from Essex and eastern Europe to the Gulf States, the Middle East, Asia, North America, the middle of the Indian Ocean  and Gibraltar.
And, many of the teams coming form further afield will be making a holiday of their trip to Majorca and will not only be accompanied by friends and family but also be staying on to enjoy the delights on Majorca.
At least 1,500 people from across the globe are going to swamp Santa Ponsa for the tournament with many of the teams already booking excursions and trips round the island while also sourcing places to eat and shop. For any local teams interested in competing, contact me at hcarter@majorcadailybulletin.es and I will pass on details to the organisers to ensure you get the special resident discount rates.
The events are also open free to spectators so come along and cheer on your country and enjoy the fun.

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