In this series, Messages From Paris, we share some interesting interviews made during The 2013 World Table Tennis Championships, that were held in Paris.


Peter Sartz, the current Sweden’s Women’s National Team Head Coach, during this video explains why he chose table tennis over football; how today, a coach has to achieve success earlier with his young players; and what are the essential characteristics that he looks for in young table tennis players.


As an active player he started coaching when he was 18 years old. He was an assistant coach to Soren Ahlen for Sweden at the 1995 World Championships in Tianjin China. After that he moved to Denmark and spent 18 years there as a Coach and Sporting Director, before coming back to Sweden in 2017.


During his time in Denmark he coached Michael Maze and led him and Finn Tugwell to the Men’s Doubles bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004. A year later he helped Maze achieve a Men’s Singles Bronze Medal at the World Championships in Shanghai, China in 2005.


– Why he chose table tennis over football and how the game has developed since he started coaching (0:00-2:10)

– Which characteristics he looks for in young talented players & which characteristics are the most important for a coach working with young players (2:10-4:10)

– How important the coaches relationship with the players parents is (4:10-5:27)

– Final message for young  table tennis players (5:27-6:25)