Living «The Extra in the Ordinary»
Football? Too ordinary. Imagine - while sitting on your bicycle - you would have to maneuver the ball into the opponent's goal by only using your wheels. This sport is called «cycle ball».
Our colleague Michael Schulz is one of a few people worldwide who practice this demanding sport. Of course, we wanted to know from him, how he came to this sport and what kind of similarities he connects with his work at Model.
I came to cycle ball by chance. When I was little, the cycle ball club in my home village organized a festival in which I took part. That was on a Saturday 44 years ago. Since then, I have been in training every Monday.
I was fascinated by cycle ball from the very beginning. Football or handball - that was never really my cup of tea. Everyone did that and I think that was one reason why I preferred not to join a team. Cycle ball was and is still exotic. That counts also for my choice to become a packaging mechanic: Not a lot of people choose this career path, the job is a bit extraordinary.
It is not only the sport itself but also the people you meet on and off the pitch that make the sport special for me. The interaction is very friendly, there are hardly any bad feelings. The vast majority of us play the sport for fun. Cycle ball is played with much respect for the other players and is yet tough. But never unfair. And that is what I like most about this sport. That is «the Extra» ... which also reminds me of my work at Model. I really enjoy the daily exchange with my colleagues at Model.