Worldwide IT company Fortitude Nicsa Global is showing the importance of its roots by sponsoring the shirts of five teams which represent Derby County Community Trust.

The teams are part of the Trust’s football and education programme which gives talented youngsters the chance to continue full-time academic studies while receiving professional football coaching four days a week with a weekly fixture.

Its players are aged between 16 and 18 and they compete in the EFL’s Community Trust Alliance League.

Kieron Wicks, Education Manager at DCCT: “We are delighted that Fortitude Nicsa Global has shown us the support by sponsoring our shirts.

“It demonstrates a clear commitment from them to support the local community and give something back. We are hoping that this is the first part of an exciting and long-lasting partnership.”

Fortitude Nicsa Global has recently expanded into new offices on Pride Park and has joined the Trust’s Club 1884 – an exciting new venture made up of businesses which are engaging with the charity.

It was among 40 businesses which attended the recent launch of Club 1884 which also gives firms the chance to enlist DCCT to create bespoke staff well-being programmes.

Shaun Tulloch, Client Relations Manager at Fortitude Nicsa Global: “It is an honour for FNG to join forces with DCCT to support the youth in Midlands.

“We understand what it takes to be a winning team around the world and the importance of effective leadership.

“In our case, it is down to our three Managing Directors, husband and wife, Wayne and Katy Hibbert and Renzo Menendez. In the case of the young people, it will be down to the inspiration of their coaches at DCCT.

“We will continue to go ‘above and beyond’ to help people and we believe that the newly formed partnership is a great opportunity to develop young individuals’ core strengths and values to succeed in a team environment.

“We look forward to working alongside DCCT to train leadership skills in the local community.”

The DCCT education programme is designed to give 16 to 18-year-olds the best opportunity to gain A Level, NCFE or BTEC qualifications while training and competing in elite football.

It looks to test the players’ ability at the highest level of play outside of academy football and its coaches provide expert guidance to help participants find the correct balance of being a student athlete.

Additionally, they will combine the technical, tactical, psychological and physical facets of the game to promote the development of both their studies and play.

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