On 26 October 2017, Standard Bank, the headline sponsor of the Proteas, launched a powerful new initiative to develop and nurture budding cricket potential in the country. From this initiative, Standard Bank donated 115 T-shirts, 115 hats, 20 boundaries, 10 teardrop banners, 4 side screen boards and 4 gazebos to Free State Cricket Union to use for RPC programmes.
The school and players also showed appreciation and gave thanks for the equipment. Lerato, a learner from Tsoseletso Secondary school, who plays RPC women’s cricket said, in her speech, “I would like to thank Standard Bank for thinking of us and giving us the equipment we need to make it to Knights, Proteas and Proteas women one day”. She concluded her speech by thanking Pite Van Biljoen and Shadley Van Schalkwyk, the two VKB Knights players who were present at the ceremony.