Executive Head for Standard Bank Sponsorship, Desiree Pooe said;
“As a bank, we are very proud of our Standard Bank RPC Invitational team that will also be competing in this tournament.
We are even more proud of our sixteen-year-old Western Province batting star - Siseko Sobekwa who was named the Standard Bank RPC Week “Player of the Year” at the recent Cricket South Africa Breakfast Awards 2019 – as he will also be able to showcase his skills.
This Heritage Cricket Week will provide Siseko and our entire RPC Invitational team an opportunity to play against some real big cricket playing schools. This week contributes to Standard Bank’s holistic approach to sponsorship, where it insists on ensuring that there is a talent pipeline for every programme it is involved in.”
CSA Acting Head of Player Pathways, David Mokopanele echoed Pooe’s comments, adding;
“The CSA Hubs and Standard Bank RPC programmes play a central role in making the game of cricket accessible to the majority and those who want to play. The main aim of the programmes is to prepare these players to excel in their cricketing disciplines and play more quality matches at the highest level possible.
The Heritage games will afford our Standard Bank Invitational team to play against some of the top cricketing schools in the country and be able to compare skill-sets as they prepare for the forthcoming CSA national weeks.
I would like to thank our partner Standard Bank for making this possible and for their continued support in the Standard Bank RPC programme and I have no doubt that we will soon see one of these youngsters representing the country.
I would also like to wish all the players good luck and may they learn, grow and thoroughly enjoy the experience.”
Standard Bank is currently sponsoring 12 RPC programmes across the country focussing on age groups between 13 and 18 years.