Matt Wild shares his love of wheelchair basketball, and how he’s able to enjoy it on a personal level, as a Sheffield Steelers forward, and a professional level in his day job as a solicitor for BWB’s Official Supplier for Wealth Management, Irwin Mitchell.
How did you get you involved in playing wheelchair basketball?
I was five years old and having a swimming lesson in Sheffield when Paul Hudson – former GB Women’s coach and long-time Steelers team player-coach – asked if I fancied having a go at wheelchair basketball.
I attended a session a few weeks later, and don’t think I went to many swimming lessons after that. I got hooked on the sport, and was lucky enough to watch and play alongside some absolute legends.
What’s your favourite thing about Wheelchair Basketball?
It sounds a bit cheesy, but the people are by far and wide the best thing. I’ve met some amazing people all over the UK and in Europe during my basketball career, and forged some life-long friendships.
What do you do in your day job?
I help administer client investments, working with a team of expert financial advisers. We provide the best service we possibly can to help injured clients achieve long-term financial security.
So, how can your role at Irwin Mitchell help BWB players?
One of the major parts of my role is client contact – from setting up new investments and dealing with day-to-day questions, right through to helping a client withdraw some of their funds as and when they need it.
Whether you are planning for retirement, putting money aside for your children’s future, looking for the right ISA, or even a check-up on any pensions or investments you might already have, we can help. Our expert Wealth Management advisers work very closely with our in-house investment managers to help get clients work towards their financial goals. We also provide tax planning and cash flow planning, asset management for personal injury settlements and also financial advice on things like divorce or separation.
With all the specialists a client may need under one roof including financial planners, tax planners, and investment managers, in addition to Irwin Mitchell’s full suite of legal services, then whatever advice is needed we always understand the full picture. When a client comes to me with a query, I am able to recommend exactly the right person or department for them to speak to so they can get the best help possible.