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Santos Take The Game To The People 14/08/03
Cape Town based Premier Soccer League team Santos are proving that they really are the "Peoples Team" after the club recently completed a number of community upliftment programmes.

A couple of weeks ago members of the first team squad took time out to go and visit children at the Red Cross Hospital in Rondebosch.

Yesterday the team travelled to Paarl, where they played a friendly match against the inmates of the Drakenstein Prison.

The Department of Correctional Services are in the process of initiating a 'sports for rehabilitation programme', and this match was part of the vision.

"The ultimate goal is to rehabilitate inmates so they are more productive," correctional services area commissioner Kosie Sinclair told the Cape Times.

Although the match was easily won by the Absa champions, it proved to be a very uplifting experience for the prisoners:

"I'm happy to be playing against Santos, this will allow me to show my talent. I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity," said Patrick Dinisa, one of the inmates.

Santos captain Edries Burton has appealed for more professional clubs to become involved in these types of projects:

"As the People's team, I think it is our duty to involve ourselves," he said.

"We should do this more often. It's also good exercise, and I would advise other teams to do the same" he added.

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