Boyce learns from Peter Wilcox Financial Management

Being a professional cricketer brings a fantastic lifestyle but Leicestershire players are also encouraged to look at things that stretch beyond the boundary.

The players receive expert advice from Personal Development Officer Charlie Mulraine of the PCA, and do winter sessions that help them think more widely about life.

Matthew Boyce signed a new deal at Grace Road this summer but has also been putting a degree in Management and Economics the University of Nottingham to good use.

The 29-year-old has been on two work experience placements in the world of finance, including one with Club sponsor Peter Wilcox Financial Management.

He said: “Cricket is still very much my focus but I am using my time wisely to get more rounded experience in the winter. I was 27 when I wrote my first CV, so it took me five years out of university to write a CV and think about what I want to do outside cricket.

“I’ve done two different work experience placements in a similar field in the last few weeks. One was with Peter Wilcox of Peter Wilcox Financial Management, who is a sponsor of the Club. I was standing in the field one day and looking around between overs and spotted Peter advertising board.

“I got in touch with (Commercial Director) Jim Overend and he helped to organise a placement with Peter in Sutton Bonington. I found Peter extremely useful and informative, and I’m now going to help to organise a client golf day for Peter in March, which will be exciting.

“Some of what I have been doing has built on past experience and other aspects are something that I’ve been interested in for the last couple of years. It’s very interesting because everything in the world is relevant in an economic sense.

“There’s a bit of crossover from what I did at university but it is purely and simply about looking at what happens in the world and understanding how things work economically; like how the oil prices and what is happening in Russia affects industry worldwide.

“There is a lot of speculation involved but it was interesting to see how things work in a business sense because you have the analysts working out what is viable or not. It is a world away from cricket but it is good to know that there are different opportunities out there and understanding how things work.”

Boyce’s work experience has also included linking up with a couple of people who have been closely connected with Leicestershire County Cricket Club in the recent past.

He said: “I also did a week in London with an old teammate Paul Dixey, who works for Quilter Cheviot, an Asset Management company. I spent a week there learning the ropes. They are a Fund Management company so deal with people’s pensions and investments. I was in a team of four and had to go into meetings and report back to the Fund Manager.

“Paul is doing very well for himself. He has almost finished his exams in Investment Management and is loving life in the city. I know how difficult it can be for a cricketer whose career finishes prematurely.

“Paul had two pretty bad injuries in his last year of professional cricket so unfortunately he couldn’t continue - but he has gone into something elsewhere and thrived immediately. It is great that he has been able to do that.

“I’ve been speaking to Paul about it, and also Greg Smith, who did some work experience last winter with a company that deals with Bonds. It is just something you have got to think about as a cricketer. It’s good to know there are things outside of cricket because there can be an injury or loss of form that stops you playing cricket. It is good for your peace of mind.”

Boyce was inspired to look at life outside of cricket after completing a charity walk from John O’Groats to Land’s End for Mind and the PCA Benevolent Fund a couple of years ago. He is now determined to make the most of his available time and said other players are doing the same.

“I have been working hard with Charlie Mulraine from the PCA, who has helped me loads in the last couple of years,” said Boyce. “I have done my CIMA, which is the Certificate In Business Accountancy and I’m now starting to do my Investment exams. Charlie is the guy I bounce my ideas off and he always gives me sound thoughts.

“Charlie and the PCA are there to help cricketers. The sessions are about planning for the future and are extremely valuable. After my walk, in the last two winters, I have tried to make the most of any time I have available. So at the moment we have two weeks in and two weeks off, so I have been using the week to do something different.

“Ollie Freckingham and Tom Wells are currently doing coaching at Loughborough University as part of their Level Two and they are being supported by the PCA and Charlie. It’s important that we do other things because cricket doesn’t go on forever.

“There has already been two PCA workshops this winter looking at personal welfare in and around the game, to make sure we can deal with any situations that arise. They are there to be used by all of the players and are very useful.”