You certainly know the ingredients for our unique overall vehicle concept - the added value that can be felt and experienced in every Malibu: with additional functionality, additional comfort, additional storage space and additional sense of well-being.
Another important ingredient to give our Malibu Vans and Malibu motorhomes that certain something extra is our employees. Each and every one of them contributes to our premium vehicles.
That is why we would like to give you an insight into our employees from time to time and, above all, take a look behind the scenes. Because without them, the Carthago Group would not be what it is today.
Today we would like to present you Michael Gapp.
Michael Gapp has been an employee in the financial accounting department since April 2017. He spends his free time in his second home - the handball hall. In the interview, he tells us how he came to handball, how being a player and a coach differ and what is special for him about working with children.
Volunteering as a second home
Mr. Gapp, how did you get into handball and the role of coach?
In the 5th grade I was in the handball club. I joined the handball department of TG Bad Waldsee through a friendly match - that was about 30 years ago. Since then, I have been an active player and have been the head of the department for nine years. Together with the board, I am responsible for about 100 players, coaches and referees. Five years ago, my son came of age for handball. Since there was no suitable team at that time, I founded the E-youth and started as a coach.
What is the difference between being a player and being a coach? How would you describe yourself as a coach and what is your coaching philosophy?
As a player, you come to training relaxed and eager to see what happens. As a coach, you think a lot about what you want to teach your protégés. The effort in your free time is greater because of preparations, match days and contact with parents. As a goalkeeper, I am under pressure, loud and emotional. As a coach, I am the opposite and stay calm to be a role model and take away the nervousness. It's important to bring the team idea closer, because handball can only function through team performance. I always try to act according to the motto: "The game experience comes before the game result" in order to involve all the kids.
What experience as a coach of children has shaped you the most?
In the Corona pandemic, it is the feedback from parents. Many people realise what the community and the sport mean for the kids and what structure a training session and games bring to everyday life, but also what we volunteers do.
What is special about working with young children?
With children, the focus is not on handball training, but on having fun while moving and integrating into the community. It is important to be able to listen, as the kids have a lot to talk about even after a long day at school. You're a helper in times of need when drinking bottles are hard to open, a loosener of nasty knots in the shoelaces, and now and then also a mediator in disputes.
Thank you very much for these insights, Mr. Gapp!
We are proud to employ people like you and wish you continued joy and success both professionally and in the handball hall.