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

The GVTTC

A Brief Introduction…

The GVTTC or Greater Vancouver Table Tennis Club is technically in Burnaby but since there are so few clubs in Vancouver, we felt this venue at Hastings Street and Sperling Avenue should be included. The club, founded in 2019 by Wilson Peng Zhang who is also the head coach, bills itself as “Neighbourhood Table Tennis Club” and it seems to be an accurate claim. Nondescript from the outside, it has a comfortable club-like feel once inside, with green walls and wooden beams and the club banner centred on one wall. About half of the 8 tables were in use when we arrived to check it the GVTTC. Another table is reserved for coaching sessions with Head Coach Wilson Peng Zhang or Assistant Coach Stanley Chen. Wilson was training an athlete when we dropped in. The club is not large and the ceilings are not high and the tables are relatively close together but for all but the top 1% of elite players who require tonnes of room, this is a perfectly suitable place to join if you’re a recreational table tennis player looking to improve your game. We were greeted immediately and made to feel welcome. Looking around the room, players of every ethnicity were represented united by a love of the sport. There appears to be a robust junior development program here so if you have a youngster interested in table tennis this is the place to bring them.

Club Details

Club owner:
Wilson Peng Zhang

Website:
https://gvttc.ca/home/

Email:
gvanttclub@gmail.com

Phone:
(778) 960-8880

Address:
495 Sperling Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5B 4H4

Monday
9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Friday
9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday
9:00 am – 7:00 pm
 

Annual Membership
$40.00

Drop-in (Per Visit) with Annual Membership
$6.00

Drop-in (Per Visit) without Annual Membership
$7.00

Monthly Pass for Annual Members only
$60.00

10+1 Pass with Annual Membership
$60.00

10+1 Pass without Annual Membership
$70.00

As a small club, the GVTTC doesn't offer much more beyond the opportunity to play table tennis. We did not get a chance to investigate further beyond the entrance of the club but we could see men's and women's washrooms, small, but they could be used Clark Kent-style to get changed quickly. GVTTC does not appear to have shower facilities. They do have a modest gear shop where you can buy balls, blades, rubber and glue: the essentials.

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