In an interview, Florian Tafelmayer explains his double role as team captain of the SV Schwaig Volleyball and as a calculation engineer at Baumüller Nuremberg. The medium-sized company in the drive and automation industry regularly supports projects in the region.
- How is the current season going so far, and what are your goals??
The season runs from mid-September to the end of April, and so far it's going very well. The field is fairly balanced for teams in the second league; here everyone can win against everyone. We did have some bad luck with injuries, but we overcame that. Currently we are in 5th place – that's great, because we want to play at the very top. It does take luck as well: Everything has to fit if you want to be the master.
- What role do you play on SV Schwaig, and what is your job at Baumüller?
This is my fourth season playing with SV Schwaig, and my third year being captain. I like the fact that it’s a team sport, where communication is very important: Clarifying little things between the club and the players or within the team itself is part of the job. We are a team – and the team members can rely on each other. In volleyball, there’s always a lot of action because the playing field is so small; there are no breathers, you always have to be on the ball.
I also really enjoy working at Baumüller. I’ve been working as a calculation engineer for two years, testing the strength of the electric motors. Communication is also important in the professional world. I think it's great that we have short chains of service paths in the company and a good relationships with designers. These kinds of motors are highly complex, and they take a lot of brainpower. Volleyball is the ideal counterpart to my responsibilities at Baumüller.
- What does the Baumüller sponsorship mean for the association?
For SV Schwaig, the financial support is extremely important. We are a club that does a lot of youth work. Our halls are constantly occupied: starting in the afternoon when school is off, until the evening when adult training starts. Personally, I think it's really great that my employer is involved as a sponsor. Baumüller not only produce excellent automation systems, they also give back to the region. That’s something to be proud of.