Num­bers game as ac­coun­tant proves top coach

Yorkshire Post - Business - - NEWS -

A Hull ac­coun­tant coached the Eng­land ladies’ masters hockey team to a re­sound­ing vic­tory at the Masters World Cup in Barcelona.

Gareth Ikin, 25, a trainee ac­coun­tant at Smailes Goldie Group, which has of­fices in Hull and Bar­ton, de­vised the team’s tac­tics and strat­egy, help­ing it to dom­i­nate a tour­na­ment that fea­tured a num­ber of Olympic medal­lists.

Over the course of the tour­na­ment, the team of play­ers aged 35 and over, scored 25 goals, con­ceded just one and won six out of seven games.

“This was an in­cred­i­ble suc­cess,” said Mr Ikin. “The stan­dard of com­pe­ti­tion was very high, with the added chal­lenge of play­ing un­der the in­tense Mediter­ranean sun­shine.

“The play­ers said it was so hot that it was like run­ning through trea­cle.”

Mr Ikin said that a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in the team’s suc­cess was the fit­ness plan that he pre­pared in the run-up to the tour­na­ment.

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