Rainbow Team off to Gothia Cup

2018-07-10 06:00
The Rainbow Team that will compete in the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden.

The Rainbow Team that will compete in the Gothia Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden.

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The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July. Approximately 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. This year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world. The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The result is https://we.tl/4tfj88H5ps. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

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The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July.

“Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg­.

“More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich.

“The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download.

“The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July.

“Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July.

“Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg­.

“More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich.

“The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download.

“The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July. Approximately 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. This year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world. The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The result is https://we.tl/4tfj88H5ps. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July. Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July.

“Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg­.

“More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich.

“The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download.

“The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July.

“Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July.

“Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July. Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

The Rainbow Team, consisting of 16 soccer players from different ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds, departs today (10 July) to attend the Soccer Youth World Cup in Gothenburg in Sweden­.

“This is our fourth year we are taking a team to compete for the Gothia Cup and the tournament takes place from Sunday 15 to Sunday 21 July. Around 1736 teams from 79 nations, 40 000 players and coaches as well as more than 50 000 companions will be in Gothenburg. More than 4300 matches are being played during the week of the tournament and a third of the games are being live streamed. More than 600 000 people will be watching the matches during the week,” says Pernilla Landstedt from Camps Bay, founder of the Rainbow Team and director/partner of Propel Africa Destination Management.

The first year the Rainbow Team came in the top 64, the following year the top 32 and last year the top 16 out of 204 teams. T

his year they are competing in a group of 188 teams in the group boys 16 years old.

“The team consists of boys from different league teams, such as Hellenic, Ajax Cape Town, Hout Bay United, Camps Bay and Tuks. They come together three times a week, nine months of the year, when they train, play matches or give of their time to help other soccer initiatives in underprivileged areas.

“The boys have to adhere to a code of conduct to be part of the project and we keep in contact with their schools, soccer clubs and parents to make sure they stick to these. If they don’t they will be warned and eventually taken off the project,” Landstedt says.

The team is captained by Sihle Songanga from Nyanga who plays for Camps Bay and he explains the meaning of the team’s motto, “A part of something bigger”.

“Two years ago I had never been outside South Africa. Now that I’ve travelled, I’ve become more curious to see how other people live and to interact with them. I’ve learnt a lot about how things work in other societies, and I’ve also learnt to adapt to different places and situations.

“When you know how to adapt, you become more open as a person. The Gothia Cup has given me exposure and new experiences and I’ve made many friends from all over the world that I still keep in touch with,” Songanga says.

For Landstedt and the team it is not only about the soccer and going to the tournament in Sweden.

“We find different organisations and initiatives to interact with. The past season we have been busy with a lot of different things such as a Christmas soccer ball drive where we gave away a few hundred soccer balls to soccer kids right before Christmas which came from donations from individuals and companies in Sweden,” Landstedt says.

Other initiatives include giving away donated soccer items in connection with games against teams from underprivileged areas. They help out with soccer clinics, make pots of food to hand out and provide tutoring or mentoring for players who need it.

“All teams are asked to send a greeting to Gothia Cup before the tournament. The Rainbow Team sang their greeting and received the most views of the clips sent – it was more than 6000.

“I showed this clip and explained about the Rainbow Project at a travel show in May in Frankfurt where I was marketing South Africa together with South African Tourism and was approached by the organisers behind the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations on 18, 19 and 20 July in Munich if the team can do a similar greeting to honour Madiba on his 100th birthday,” Landstedt says.

The clip will be played during the days of the celebration and the custodians, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, will honour this legacy by initiating sustainable projects of future work that support building a better world.

The events by Quintessence of Culture are in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and are in support of the foundation’s mission.

“The team worked on this new clip last Wednesday, changed the lyrics, and Russel Tranter, a volunteer cameraman, put it together and we sent it to Munich. The actual clip is two minutes and it takes a few minutes to download. The Rainbow Team hopes to make South Africa proud by doing their best and to achieve their goal for this year,” Landstedt says.

The team is coached by Anees Abbas and Reaaz Miller.

“We as a team will do our best during the tournament and make sure we are good ambassadors on and off the field and will make South Africa proud,” Abbas says.

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