Standard Bank will be hosting the annual RPC National U16 Week 2020 in Potchefstroom, North West from the 22-27 March.
The Standard Bank RPC programme continues to support – growth and development cricket in the country ensuring that young cricketers are provided with quality facilities and training programmes.
David Mokopanele, Mass Participation Manager at Cricket South Africa – believes that the Standard Bank sponsorship of young cricketers has enabled them to develop quality star players over the years. “For our country to produce quality cricketers, they need to be equipped with the necessary facilities and to take part in various tournaments to build their techniques and confidence. We recently had Tyrese Karelse, Odirile Modimokwane and Siyabulela Plaatjie who were selected as part of the U19 SA squad during the Cricket World Cup 2020.This is evidence that the Standard Bank RPC programme is beneficial to the young cricketers.
He added “The RPCs and Hubs programmes, through the valued support of Standard Bank, have played a key role in identifying players from previously disadvantaged areas, to be a part of an organized, high-performance environment within their communities and structures.
This is with the view of reshaping the cricketing landscape and change lives through developing the raw skills of the kids from non-traditional feeder-systems.
Cricket South Africa saw an increased number of youngsters produced from the Standard Bank Regional Performance Centres (RPC) – at the recent School Weeks. From the 266 players chosen to represent the various provinces during the 2018 tournaments, the number improved to 337 RPC/Hubs players for the weeks that took place in December 2019.”
Standard Bank Group Head of Sponsorship, Desiree Pooe believes that investing in cricket development ensures that proper measures are put in place to enable young cricketers to get access to opportunities that will propel them to reach their full potential in their craft. “The RPC programme is a holistic part of the cricket sponsorship where we have enabled these budding players to bloom into Proteas soon. Our collaboration with the RPC Programme over the years has demonstrated our passion in cricket development at grass roots level by facilitating the journey from an RPC player to a Standard Bank Protea.
Best wishes to all the teams that will be a part of this year’s tournament, showcasing their cricketing skills at this year’s Standard Bank RPC National U16 Week.” Concluded Pooe.
Group A: Boland, Free State and Northern Cape
Group B: Border, Kwa-Zulu Natal and Northerns
Group C: Easterns, South Western District and Western Province
Group D: Eastern Province, Gauteng and Mpumalanga