RBC Training Ground kicks off its fourth year with the introduction of seven new locations and a first-ever National Final.
The RBC Training Ground programme is a nationwide talent identification and athlete-funding programme. The aim is simple: find and support the next generation of Canadian Olympians.
To date, it has tested over 5,500 athletes at 71 free local events in 35 different communities across 10 provinces.
The first ever RBC Training Ground National Final will be hosted in Calgary, Alberta. This national event will bring together the top 100 high-potential athletes from across the country. Athlete will compete for funding and consideration from Canada’s National Sport Organisations.
RBC Training Ground: rewarding up to 30 athletes
Up to 30 high-performing athletes will be selected as RBC Future Olympians. In addition, they will receive funding and resources to pursue their Olympic dreams.
RBC Training Ground will also add seven new qualifier locations to the line-up. In total, the national search will visit 34 Canadian communities. Specifically, the aim is to give even more young Canadian athletes the opportunity to explore their Olympic potential.
The RBC Training Ground programme is a partnership of a number of organisations. These include the Canadian Olympic Committee, Canadian Olympic Foundation, the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Sport Institute and CBC Sports.
The programme is open to Canadian athletes between the ages of 14–25.
The 2019 Training Ground season kicks off on 3 February.
Mary DePaoli, Executive VP and CMO, RBC says:
“At RBC, we proudly support Canadian Olympic athletes at every stage of their careers. The talent pool of Canadian athletes with Olympic potential continues to grow. Through RBC Training Ground we are able to tap into, build, and support this talent.
RBC and sports sponsorship
Sports sponsorship is a key part of RBC’s marketing strategy. In particular, RBC supports golf around the world through high profile relationships with the PGA TOUR and Golf Canada. RBC is the title sponsor of both the RBC Heritage and the RBC Canadian Open. In addition, it supports emerging Canadian golfers through Golf Canada’s grassroots developmental programme.
Other major sports partnerships include RBC’s premier sponsorship, since 1995, of Hockey Canada. Notably, this deal supports hockey from grassroots programmes in small communities all the way up to the Canadian national teams.