Our Exceller8 Program participants were treated to a surprise visit from UK folk band Mumford and Sons while staying at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

The sports-mad Brits hosted a charity soccer round robin against fellow touring acts The Vaccines, the lads from Bondi Rescue, the Dungog Boomerangs and a team from the NCIE.

Despite the rain over 100 fans braved the wet weather to watch the action take place on the oval.

The Vaccines were the winners on the night after a penalty shoot out.

Justin Hayward from The Vaccines said; “Football is everything to me. It’s empowering, it’s humanising, it’s beautiful and it’s fun. For all of the highs and all of the catharsis that music provides me with, there is no feeling in the world like playing good football with good friends.”

“The gift that keeps on giving. If there’s one thing that unites us and our crew and most of the British bands we get to go on tour with, it’s not music, it’s football. It’s the subject that anyone who’s never met can suddenly become intimate over, it’s the ultimate leveller, and it’s the greatest sport on earth. We love football. Football.” Marcus, Mumford & Sons.