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On 16 January eleven excited youngsters in their tenth season at Grass Boots FC got the opportunity to be player escorts for Cape Town City FC in their ABSA Premiership game against Free State Stars at Cape Town Stadium.
Player escorts, also called match mascots or child mascots, are children who accompany football players entering the pitch. Player escorts hold hands with the footballers while they walk in, and stay with the player during the playing of the national anthem or the league anthem. Children have appeared with football players since the 1990s, either as one mascot for each team or one for each player.
The Grass Boots FC members who accompanied Cape Town City FC were Ben Sachar, Caiden Meadon, Caleb Chin, Ruby Snaid, Sebastian Shewan, Alessandro Rosolen, Max Blaszkiewicz, Raees Mohammed, Thomas Boshoff, Oliver Crocker-Hall and Daniel Welgemoed. Darul Islam Primary students also took part as player escorts.
Grass Boots FC players were very excited to escort the team, and also enjoyed pre-game engagements with Benni McCarthy and Teko Modise.