#23 – Tom Lodziak: Training at the Werner Schlager Academy

Tom Lodziak is a Cambridge-based table tennis coach who blogs over at www.tabletenniscoach.me.uk and offers one-to-one coaching to players of all ages and abilities.

Back in May, Tom made the trip to Austria to visit the Werner Schlager Academy Table Tennis School for a week of intensive training. The WSA is one of the best training centres in Europe and many of the top European players are based there full-time. Their Table Tennis School opens up the facility to players of all standards allowing everyone to benefit from the high-quality training and coaching, and get a glimpse of the professionals in action.

I’ve wanted to visit the WSA for a couple of years now but haven’t managed to find the time or make it happen. That’s why I was so keen to get Tom on the show to find out exactly how it all works and if it lives up to the hype.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • How Tom got started in the sport in his mid-twenties.
  • Why he believes training camps are so important for player development.
  • All about the WSA including; the cost, the entry requirements, the accommodation, the daily timetable, the type of training and much more.
  • What Tom learnt from top coach Richard Prause.
  • About some of the other training camps available in the UK and Europe.
  • Tom’s top tip from his week of training at the WSA.
  • How you can get in touch with Tom to ask him any questions you may have.

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Thanks for listening!

Thank you so much for joining us for Episode 23 of The Expert Table Tennis Podcast with Tom Lodziak. As I mentioned in the outro, you can now find these show notes by visiting www.experttabletennis.com/episode23, and I have created similar links for all of the previous episodes.

I would like to say a big thank you to Tom for joining me on the podcast and sharing his experiences at the Werner Schlager Academy with us. I strongly recommend you go and check out the WSA website and have a look at their Table Tennis School. You can find out more information here.

Don’t forget to check out Tom’s blog as well. I really enjoyed his most recent post giving advice to new table tennis players playing in their first local league season. Read that here.

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That’s all for now. I will have another episode for you next Friday featuring a brand new yet-to-be-confirmed guest!