C3IA hit the right spot with Dexters

Matt Horan (left) receives a presentation plaque from Greg Partridge, manager of Dexter’s Under 11 Lions, with three of the players looking on

A youth football team has thanked its sponsors after the funding led to an entire new league being created.

Cyber-security company C3IA Solutions backed Dexter Sports’ Under 11 Lions, who are based at Canford Heath in Poole.

The support helped them train indoors through the winter reach the county cup final which had to be abandoned due to Covid-19 and the lockdown.

However, on the back of the investment coach Greg Partridge was able to launch an indoor futsal league – the only FA Youth affiliated futsal league in the county.

The indoor sport comes from South America and is credited with turning out brilliant players – and C3IA have agreed a three-year deal to sponsor the league.

To thank the company Greg presented its security director Matt Horan with a presentation plaque for the office wall.

Greg, a Royal Marine, said: “I knew the company had many military connections and I asked if they’d consider sponsoring us.

“C3IA kindly said they would and although last season ended early due to the pandemic we did really well, even reaching the Dorset County cup final.

“On the back of the support we launched the futsal league, giving quality competition to other teams in the county.

“Following the presentation and on hearing the benefits of futsal for developing players, C3IA have now agreed to sponsor the only FA Affiliated Dorset Youth Fustal League for the next three years.

“This was following a cut in future funding by the FA.

“None of it would have been possible without C3IA Solutions.”

Matt Horan, a former Royal Signaller, said: “We have sponsored many sports teams and individuals and it allows us to put a bit back.

“When Greg contacted us we were very happy to help and it’s great to see so many kids benefitting from organised sport.

“We’ve agreed to continue the sponsorship for at least another season and hopefully they’ll be able to finish this one.”