Company protecting children online signs with Cherries

SIGNING ON: At the commemorative shirt handover marking the renewal of IT Support Business’s partnership with AFC Bournemouth are, from left, AFC Bournemouth partnerships manager Amy Brunton, ITSB chief executive officer Lee Dredge, Cherries midfielder Andrew Surman and AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust head Steve Cuss

A Dorset based managed IT service provider helping children to stay safe online, has signed up to support AFC Bournemouth for another season.

Bournemouth and London based IT Support Business (ITSB) has renewed its partnership with the Cherries.

Under the arrangement ITSB is an official partner of AFC Bournemouth’s self-funding, non-profit Community Sports Trust and sponsors a schools project called Connect with Care.

The project, whose club ambassador is midfielder Andrew Surman, provides lessons in one-hour workshops designed to educate young people on how to remain safe while using the internet.

ITSB chief executive Lee Dredge said: “As a provider of IT services to schools we feel it’s our responsibility to help educate young people on the dangers of the internet and as a parent myself, it’s a subject that’s dear to my heart.

“That is why I’m delighted that we are once again going to be working with the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust on this great initiative.”

AFC Bournemouth partnerships manager Amy Brunton said: “It’s great to have ITSB back on board for another season. The company is very much at the heart of this worthwhile educational programme.

“Connect with Care is a wonderful classroom-based scheme and the Community Trust’s sessions are increasingly popular and have proved to be invaluable for parents, pupils and teachers.”

Support specialist ITSB, founded in 2010 and headquartered in Richmond Hill, has also signed up as an executive business partner of AFC Business, the club’s commercial arm.

As an executive partner of AFC Business this season, ITSB will continue to be an integral part of AFC Bournemouth’s free to join business club and play a role at monthly networking events and other gatherings.

The partnership will see ITSB engage with businesses across the region that are members of AFC Business, which now has more than 1,600 members and is the engine for all the club’s commercial activities.

Amy added: “We invite companies and organisations across the region to join AFC Business and take part in a host of events, as well as meeting like-minded entrepreneurs, directors and decision-makers.”

For further information about the business club, email commercial@afcb.co.uk or call 0344 576 1910.