Andy Roper

Andy Roper has been taking photographs for 30 years, combining this with a career in teaching. He graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a degree in Sport Science (specialising in Psychology), before becoming a qualified teacher through the University of Worcester. Andy has taught in Further Education for 9 years, combining his role of Sport Scientist and Psychology tutor on the Access to Higher Education programme with that of college photographer, covering sports activities such as football (he was also the Academy Manager/Coach), kayaking and canoeing, mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling, body boarding, quad biking, blokarting, horse riding, fencing and the martial arts. He has also photographed students being put through their paces by the Royal Marines! He has frequently photographed shows for the hair and beauty departments; his work adorning the walls of the college and its prospectuses. Away from his full-time job, Andy has worked with the Express and Star and County Express/Stourbridge Newspapers, undertaking a season-long stint photographing Wolverhampton Wanderers with the former. He was club photographer for Verve Martial Arts, and has been a photographer for Stourbridge Football Club since 2009; photographic highlights include their epic FA Cup journey against Plymouth Argyle and Stevenage in late 2011, and the Worcestershire Senior Cup victory over Kidderminster Harriers at Aggborough in 2012. He has had work published in programmes, papers and journals, including Stourbridge FC, Plymouth Argyle FC, Banbury United FC, Sutton Coldfield FC and Worcester Warriors match programmes, as well as the Stourbridge News/County Express, Kidderminster Shuttle, Banbury Guardian and the Kidderminster Harriers and University of Worcester Websites. His Stourbridge team photos and pen pictures have been reproduced in many non-league programmes when Stourbridge have been the visitors. As a speedway supporter of 35 years, he has also photographed this fast moving sport at tracks such as Cradley Heath (now sadly long gone), Coventry and Wolverhampton (covering both the Wolves and Dudley Heathens). If you wish to see or know more of his work, please click the link to his website, or for job inquiries, please feel free to contact Andy by email or phone.