Opportunities created for young cricketers through Regional Performance Centres (RPC)

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Media had an opportunity to tour one of the Standard Bank RPCs to gain an understanding of the important work that each centre does in building the future of young cricketers in a nurturing environment.

The tour kicked off in Mamelodi RPC on Sunday morning and ended off at SuperSport Park where media interacted with the young cricketers while watching the Standard Bank Proteas play against England in the final KFC T20 International of the series.

This was an important exercise by Standard Bank to showcase their involvement in the Cricket South Africa RPC programme but also a great experience for the young boys and girls to be exposed to an International game, and for them to see what they can achieve through hard work.

Through the Regional Performance Centres, formally known as (RPC), an initiative that aims to transform cricket by developing and nurturing the budding cricket potential in South Africa, Standard Bank has played an important role to assist young cricket players reach their full potential and turn their dreams into reality.

Standard Bank’s involvement in the programme is to contribute an important role in developing the immense cricketing talent in South Africa by providing the necessary support at grassroots level by facilitating the journey from #BudtoBloom

“With our involvement in the “Bud to Bloom” programme, we aim to have a socially relevant activity underpinning our sponsorship, enabling the sustainability of the future Proteas.

We understand that we can’t make a difference at a national level if the inequalities of the foundation feeder systems are not addressed.

The Regional Performance Centre programme (RPC) provides a level playing field for all talented young cricketers”. Said Desiree Pooe, Head of Sponsorship at Standard Bank.

Each RPC has qualified coaches, adequate facilities, management structures, boys’ and girls’ facilities and a partnership with local government and active feeder systems that provide a minimum of four primary schools and four high schools in townships and rural areas.

This sponsorship focuses on age groups 11– 18 years, transitioning from soft ball to hard ball cricket.

Children that are participating in the Standard Bank RPC programme are provided with adequate facilities and access to the best coaching and mentorship programmes.

They are also offered an opportunity to compete against more prominent sporting schools on a frequent basis which also opens more doors for them to get scouted by the best schools where they get offered bursaries and opportunities that could lead to them being selected for the U19 national team.

FUN-FAST FACTS ABOUT STANDARD BANK RPC

There are 12 RPCs across the country focusing on age groups between 11-18 years old (boys and girls)

  • 1152 players with an average of 96 players per RPC
  • Players produced for the national weeks from the Hubs/RPC’s
  • 2015 = 98
  • 2017 = 112
  • 2018 = 217
  • 2019 – 266
  • There are 96 feeder schools
  • There are 36 well trained full time coaches
  • 3 players were selected from Standard Bank RPC to participate in the ICC U19 World Cup in 2020
  • 1 girl from the Mamelodi RPC was called at the tender age of 14 to play for the U19 women’s team