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During their off-season break, Tim Mannah, Joseph Paulo, Mitch Allgood and Ben Smith have travelled to Cape Town, South Africa to do some community work and put some smiles on people's faces. Tim has decided to keep a travel diary with what he and the boys have been doing over there.

Day 2

Today was another amazing day. After yesterday's brick-making project in Mitchell Plain we headed to a soccer field about ten minutes away.

The guys here wanted to get the kids active and off the streets so they just started playing soccer with them.

After a while they saw that the kids were really talented and enthusiastic so they launched a local soccer competition with about 20 kids. They didn't have shoes, goal posts or jerseys.

Now just 10 months later the competition has over 70 local kids. They train on Tuesday and Thursdays and play on Saturdays. Paul and the team make sure they have freshly washed jersey, clean boots and oranges at half time.

Today the Mitchell Plains team have one of their first competitions outside of their local area against the Gugulethu team.

We discovered before the game kicked off that they had a special warmup routine called the monkey dance. It was hilarious!

Thanks to the guys at Rebel Sport who donated $1000 worth of gear - these kids also now have drink bottles, cones, more soccer balls and other sporting goodies.

Click here to see what happened on Day 1 of the boys' trip!
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