After 13 years, Head of Physiotherapy, Craig Sedgwick, will depart the Club following Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Millwall.
From player, to intern, to head of department, ‘Sedge’ has done everything for his Club.
Despite progressing through the distinguished Barnsley Academy alongside the likes of Neil Austin, Anthony Kay, Jon Parkin and Rory Fallon, Craig made the decision to follow his passion for physiotherapy. It was during a BSc physiotherapy course at the University of Salford in 2007 where Sedge returned to Oakwell to volunteer as a student and once qualified, he began working full-time with the Academy.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Before departing for pastures new, Craig has penned a letter to fans, colleagues and friends:
Barnsley Football Club has been a part of my life since I first visited Oakwell as a seven year old. From then on, I became a Red. For that young boy to spend the last 13 years working for his hometown club, experiencing countless magical moments shoulder to shoulder with friends, it’s almost unthinkable.
Amongst a host of others, I’d like to thank the Cryne family for initially believing in me to fulfill the role of first team physiotherapist. From play-off finals, to end of season dramas, I class myself as fortunate to have been a part of MY club’s successful history. However, it is with great sadness that I write this, as my time at Oakwell has now come to an end… yet I am comforted knowing that Barnsley FC will always be in my heart and a part of my heritage.
There are so many great people behind the scenes that consistently go above and beyond. These are ‘proper’ people that would do anything to help anyone out. If those individuals are reading this, I have enjoyed my time with you and have come to love you all. I am sorry I can’t name you, but you know who you are. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for being a part of my journey at Barnsley, it wouldn’t have been the same without you.
I leave the department in the hands of Vikki Stevens. She is excellent at what she does and will take things to the next level. Vikki, thank you for being a rock to lean on during tougher times and know that regardless of where I am, I’ll always be there to return the favour.
Thank you to all staff and players, past and present, too. I have been so lucky to get to know these people and their families. As I’m sure you can imagine, I’ve got so many stories from my time and I’ll never forget a single one!
The current squad we have at Barnsley are outstanding people and excellent footballers. They all give so much to get the three points, I wish fans could see how much they truly care at times.
I would like to finish by saying that I wish Barnsley Football club every success in the future, and I am looking forward to attending games as a fan with my own family. Good luck this season.
I will miss Oakwell immensely.
COME ON YOU REDS!
Thank you for your years of loyal service, Sedge, and good luck for the future.
You’ll always be welcome back at Oakwell.