Meet the man behind City of Birmingham Rockets Wheelchair Basketball Club
Posted: Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:29 by Adeel Khan
As part of volunteering week (1st – 7th June) and Coaching Week (4th – 10th June), Sport Birmingham are profiling local heroes who make sport happen in the city.
Andy Craddock - Head Coach for City of Birmingham Rockets Wheelchair Basketball Club
Andy Craddock has always been an enthusiastic volunteer with several years of experience in grassroots football. However, for the past ten years Andy has played a part in growing inclusive sport in the city.
As a volunteer, Andy is manager and head coach of City of Birmingham Rockets Wheelchair Basketball. This involves developing and engaging all ages, abilities, genders, cultures with the aim of breaking down barriers to disability and diversity in Birmingham.
He works with many groups and organisations promoting and showcasing disability and inclusive sport, but also ways people can get active by participating regularly. As well as physical health benefits to inclusive sports others include an enhanced wellbeing, more positive mind-set and independence.
'It really inspires me to support others and show what their potential can be, hence through my passion and understanding, having a disability/condition myself, I realise how hard it can be for someone, and therefore research and look at ways to infuse and motivate people in a way which benefits them but also suits their needs and help them to reach their targets.
I got involved in sport, especially disability sport because of the school I work at but also because of being medically retired back in 2002 by Royal Mail after 17 years.
I believe in what I do and I think if people know why you do something , then that is part of the battle to engage and motivate them.'
Andy Craddock leads on the regular practice sessions of Wheelchair Basketball every Wednesday from 6-8pm at Nechells Wellbeing Centre. Find out more at http://cobbasketball.co.uk/cob-rockets-wheelchair-basketball/