I came across a news article in the UK Telegraph from a few years back that I quite like. The article, called “Coach Cadman nets indoor title with Loughborough,” is from a time when I was coaching English hockey!
Now, I bet that many of you didn’t know that I used to be very involved in sports. I also got to thinking, what else don’t people know about me? I’ve had this as my entrepreneurial and business blog for so many years, but it’s time to make it a little more fun and human. So you guessed it, I’ve decided it’s time for a brand new series! Things you may not know about me but that I’m willing to share.
This could get interesting…
Yes, I was a coach! Well, sort of.
Not only was I a coach during certain parts of my life, but I was also extremely into hockey and football as a young man. I played competitively all through my adolescence until I really hurt myself in my early 20s (only a few years ago – honestly!)
I had a bit of a hard time with this because it was a huge part of my life. As you may have noted, I have a competitive streak, which I guess I’m lucky it translated OK into the world of business. But I still miss playing hockey.
Anyway, back in 2006, I had busted up my knee really bad and had to get reconstructive surgery. I ended up coaching Loughborough to secure their fifth consecutive (at the time) national indoor title – The National League Premier Division Crown in Birmingham!
So, how did I end up in this position?
I like to lend a helping hand when I can! Four key men were absent on international duty for England and player-coach David Ralph was away with Scotland at the time. So why not help and assume coaching duties? My favourite line in the article is this,” Their romp to the title was achieved with, – or, as he might say, despite – Giles Cadman assuming coaching duties.” Hah!
It’s important to never take yourself too seriously with these types of things. I couldn’t play because of my knee and used my business principles to guide the team. I do remember that day pretty vividly because our team talks only lasted 3 minutes and the win was magnificent. We had set our sights quite low because so many team members were missing but ended up securing the win anyway.
I told the reporter, “Coaching is like goalkeeping: you stand on the side shouting, but I don’t think I’ll make a career out of it!” I'm glad I didn't.
#ThrowbackThursday and a look into the future
I enjoyed reading this article again so much because it’s important to reflect on where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. At the time of the article, I was doing my MBA “for fun.” Well, here’s another thing you probably didn’t know about me: I dropped out of business school when my mother became ill. I went home to take care of her, and never finished my schooling.
I never saw that coming, that’s for sure. But, I’m happy to say I’m still the Chairman of Cadman Capital Wines, because some things will never change. And as for the lobster farm I first mentioned to the reporter, Caribbean Sustainable Fisheries(CSF) has turned into a booming business.
I also mentioned I would probably make an appearance on Dragon’s Den, which hasn’t happened – yet! But you just never know, do you?
Giles Cadman is Chairman of The Cadman Capital Group, a group of cohesive, complementary companies, operating in the international trade, retail, leisure, and investment markets. Learn more about Giles.