ACCOUNTANCY firm Balance is carving out a niche for itself – in the world of rugby league.
In recent months, the Holmfirth firm has added another five players to its growing portfolio of Super League clients.
It has also given a presentation on financial responsibility and financial planning to the players of Warrington Wolves.
The presentation by Balance’s Ashley Barrowclough was part of the club’s initiative to help their players deal with issues that they might come across in everyday life – but which school and their job does not prepare them for.
The initiative is being driven by former England and Huddersfield Giants head coach Tony Smith, who is now in charge at Warrington.
Said Ashley: “Warrington are a socially responsible club who want to look after their players and help them to respond to the various challenges that life might throw at them. They have already had presentations on drug and alcohol abuse.”
But he added: “The only problem in giving the presentation was that I am a big Huddersfield Giants fan myself and have hurled abuse at many of the Warrington players from the terraces at previous Giants v Warrington encounter!
“I didn’t think that I would like any of the Warrington players, but when I met them during the presentation they were some of the nicest, most genuine people that you could wish to come across.
“I will now look at them in a different light when I watch them playing against Giants in the future — but I’ll still want Giants to win, of course!”