Where to play table tennis in Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, and Coquitlam

Bridgeport (aka BCTTA) Table Tennis Club

A Brief Introduction: to Bridgeport Table Tennis Club / BCTTA Headquarters

The Bridgeport Table Tennis Club is a rather cold 35 year old venue located in a warehouse on Richmond’s Bridgeport Road. Suspicious when we called to arrange a visit, the owner was standoffish in person and rather uninterested in being included among the table tennis clubs listed on PingPongInVancouver.com. We were not allowed to take photos as we were given a tour of the chilly site. We can assume that no energy is wasted to heat the building. The club is at least 30 years old and it seemed to us that nothing had been changed or moved since the day the club opened. It is a large club with many tables but distinctively kind of shabby and poorly lit. The floor is decent and, being a voluminous warehouse, the ceilings are very high. The washrooms were less than clean and had a dank smell, the complete opposite of the spotless washrooms at the VTTC and the NSTTC. We did not ask about programs nor did we want to stay and play. Did other visitors to the club feel distinctly unwelcome? Maybe it was because we had been honest and proudly identified ourselves as a website reviewing table tennis clubs. Maybe the owner was naturally embarrassed about the insalubrious conditions. In and out in about 5 minutes, this was our quickest and least enjoyable table tennis club review.

Club Details: Bridgeport Table Tennis Club = the BCTTA

After our visit we asked our connections in the table tennis community if they knew anything about the Bridgeport Table Tennis Club. We were unprepared for the volume of negative assessments we heard. Many people confirmed our experience of encountering disinterested staff and unclean conditions but more often than not the stories we heard from people were about how Bridgeport Table Tennis Club is one and the same with the BC Table Tennis Association, the BCTTA. We learned that the club’s owner, Amelia Ho, is also the president of the BCTTA, a huge red-flag and major conflict-of-interest in our opinion. We heard over and over again from players and club owners how the BCTTA uses the tens of thousands of dollars in public funds it receives annually to run it’s programs exclusively through the Bridgeport TT Club shutting out all other stakeholder in the broader table tennis community. Were shocked by what we were consistently hearing from players, club owners, junior athletes, officials, and members of the boards of other table tennis non-profits. Clearly, we were late to the party and discovered what nearly everyone knew already for a long time about this glaring conflict of interest.

Club Owners:
Amelia and Simpson Ho

Websites:
BCTTA.ca
bridgeportsportsclub.com

Email:
bcttatournament@gmail.com

Phone:
(604) 278-5100

Address:
11660 Bridgeport Rd,
Richmond, BC

 

BCTTA Table Tennis Club's Hours Of Operation:

Monday & Wednesday:
10:00 – 12:00pm; 12:00 – 2:00pm
2:00 – 4:00pm; 4:00 – 6:00pm
Tuesday & Thursday:
10:00 – 12:00pm; 12:00 – 2:00pm
2:00 – 4:00pm; 4:00 – 6:00pm
6:00 – 8:00pm
Friday:
12:00 – 2:00pm; 2:00 – 4:00pm
4:00 – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday:
10:00 – 12:00pm; 12:00 – 2:00pm
2:00 – 5:30pm

Fees are:

Drop-ins = Info not listed on website
Monthly = Info not listed on website
Coaching = Info not listed on website

BCTTA or Bridgeport Table Tennis Club features according to their website (http://bridgeportsportsclub.com):

"We are the only club in this area that is unique in offering professional table tennis.
Our club is over 14,000 sq. ft. and is completely supplied with Butterfly table tennis equipment. Our club is known to be the best and is the largest table tennis club in all of North American.
You will be happy to play on our new maple sprung gym floor. You can also enjoy a relaxing, hot shower in our hygienic shower rooms. We are British Columbia's only Buttefly table tennis dealership and it is our pleasure to take care of your table tennis supplies and needs.
Bridgeport Sports Club is proud to have the best B.C. qualified and certified coaches. We offer various courses all year round, including:
New training methods
Student's training camp
Individually designed training
Programs for players of all levels
Multilingual skilled coaches
All at resonable fees"

More information on Bridgeport Table Tennis Club's relationship with the BCTTA is coming soon!

As advocates for equal access to table tennis, we are shocked by what we found so far. PingPongInVancouver.com will be publishing a series of articles as our investigation progresses into the take-over of the venerable BCTTA by the owners of the Bridgeport Table Tennis Club.

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