County Cricketers Undergo Traders Experience Day In the City Of London

Back row: Nick Denning Personal Development Manager - Hampshire, Middlesex, Sussex & MCCYCs, Antoine Vassal (Divento Head of Education and day's tutor), Michael Carberry, Ajmal Shahzad, Oliver Hannon-Dolby, Robert Russell (Divento)

 Front row: Ben Brookes, Tim Wyatt, Ben Kitt, Marc Lezar.

Divento Academy, part of Divento Financials, the independent financial futures and options trading company, is pleased to announce today it is hosting 10 professional cricketers and training them on how to trade financial products such as foreign exchange, interest rates and commodities.

In 2014 Divento Financials established the Divento Academy as an employer-led education initiative to address skills gaps within the industry. Today, as part of a Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) outreach programme, the Academy helps young people achieve skill sets in financial trading as a pathway to employment in the financial and capital markets through accredited qualification status.

The Professional Cricketers’ Association, the representative body of past and present first-class cricketers in England and Wales, aims to provide and improve the welfare of its members by enabling them to achieve qualifications that ensure they are able to move onto a career after sport.

Recognising related core competencies and transferable skills of sporting professionals, Divento work closely with Life After Professional Sport (LAPS) programme run by Robbie Simpson. LAPS was set up by sports and recruitment experts to help ex sport professionals connect with new career opportunities.

Attending the session will be:

  • Ajmal Shahzad (Leicestershire and ex England)
  • Michael Carberry (Leicestershire and ex England)
  • Oliver Hannon-Dolby (Warwickshire)
  • Ben Kitts (Nottinghamshire)
  • George Scott (Middlesex)
  • Ben Brookes (MCC Young Cricketers)
  • Marc Lezar (MCC Young Cricketers)
  • Daryl Mitchell (Worcestershire and PCA Chairman)
  • Matt Machan (ex-Sussex)
  • Tim Wyatt (Nottinghamshire Academy).


Robert Russell, Managing Director of Divento Financials and Head of Business Development, says:

“It is promising to see sports associations and professionals beginning to think about life after sport. Certain careers are short lived and, on average, a sports professional retires in their 30’s so they are then left asking the question of ‘what next?’. We are pleased that the Professional Cricketers’ Association are taking an active approach and providing their sporting stars with potential new career opportunities.

“Our mission at Divento is to remove the traditional barriers to entry into the financial services sector and create opportunities for individuals. This is an exciting programme being offered which has been positively met and we look forward to working with the Association going forwards”.

Michael Carberry, player for Leicestershire and ex England, commented: “This has given me more confidence into pursuing a career in trading.”

Ben Brookes, MCC Young Cricketers, commented: “I feel extremely lucky to have been given this opportunity to experience how trading works first hand.  The up to date facilities and explanations have made it much easier for me to understand the world of trading and finance as a whole. This is certainly something I would like to pursue in the future.”




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