The sporty prince joined a group of kids for an impromptu game of touch rugby

By Simon Perry
December 01, 2015 12:50 PM
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A barefoot Prince Harry showed off his sporty side when he took on some kids for a friendly game of touch rugby in Durban, South Africa, on Tuesday.

Harry, 31, was dashing around the field at “The Shark Tank” – the home of Durban’s team, the Sharks – to help inspire youngsters in his efforts to use sports as a way to boost to social development.

And before the impromptu game began, the playful prince got up close and personal with the team s mascot.

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But Harry’s team of schoolkids, opposite another headed by former South African captain John Smit, was on the losing side. The prince said he enjoyed himself, but added “his lot were much better than my lot.”

Like his campaign back home in the U.K. to get more schools playing the sport, which received a massive boost leading up to the Rugby World Cup, the local movement hopes to engender greater opportunities for players and coaches from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience the benefits of the sport.

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Later in the day, Harry donned a red and white beaded pin badge for World Aids Day as he visited a project helping street kids as they move into adulthood – Surfers Not Street Children. It was especially important for him to do so on the day that marks the struggle against HIV/AIDS.

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Harry joined the organization on the beach to see them carry out life-saving and coaching demonstrations, which, his office says, helps “towards ensuring the children have independence, and ensuring that each of them has skills and access to a job at the right time is central to that.”

The prince’s red ribbon is from St. Joseph’s Care and Support Trust at Sizanani Village near Pretoria, which was formed in 1999 and provides holistic palliative care for those dying from the disease.

Meanwhile, Harry’s charity Sentebale, for which he helped open the new ‘Mamohato Children’s Centre last week, released a video of the poem, “We Can Fight,” being read by George the Poet.

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