As the headline sponsor of the Proteas since 2016, we’re proud to launch a powerful initiative in partnership with Cricket South Africa (CSA) in Dobsonville, Soweto, one that will nurture budding cricket potential in the country: the Regional Performance Centre (RPC) programme.
Part of our over-arching development initiative, the objective of the RPC programme is to develop and maintain effective high-performance programmes and cricket structures from grassroots right through to senior cricket.
According to Luvuyo Masinda, Deputy CFO: Corporate and Investment Banking at Standard Bank, the Bank hopes to play a key role in developing South Africa’s immense cricketing talent. There are many young cricketers in outlying areas who are still in desperate need of facilities and coaching, and the RPCs will help these players fulfil their true potential and turn their dreams into reality.
On 1 May last year, we cemented our association with CSA in a deal that saw us become the headline sponsor of the Proteas in all three formats of the game for the next four years. This has now been extended to Cricket SA’s RPC programme, which numbers 12 RPCs currently. Together with the CSA Hubs programme, all these initiatives have been instrumental in transforming the cricket landscape over the past few years and changing lives by bringing through young talent from townships and rural areas.
Thabang Moroe, CSA Acting Chief Executive, welcomed us as a partner in the initiative, saying that it’s “heart-warming” to see the way in which commercial partners are coming on board to support cricket at all levels, and particularly at grassroots level.
“There is no doubt that this Standard Bank initiative will play a major part in increasing the development of our talent pool and, in the long run, contribute to the sustainability of the Proteas as world leaders in our great game,” he says.
“Standard Bank wholeheartedly supports all young cricketers who want to play this wonderful game and ultimately emulate the Proteas, a team that represents the fighting spirit of our rainbow nation,” says Mr Masinda. “Young players on this programme can now be given the high-level skills and coaching they need to succeed, while at the same time ensuring our national team will have a rich pool of talent from which to choose in the future.”