North Shore Table Tennis Club

A Brief Introduction to the North Shore Table Tennis Club

It’s easy to see why there are so few dedicated table tennis clubs in Vancouver. Sadly, we are home to the world’s most expensive real estate, so an intrepid ping pong player has to travel a couple of kilometres outside of town to adjacent municipalities North Vancouver, Richmond or Burnaby to find a club. One such facility is the North Shore Table Tennis Club, a short bus or Sea Bus ride from Vancouver. Located at 1555 Forbes Ave, the NSTTC is just under 2 kilometres to the Lonsdale Quay Bus Loop.

The NSTTC, founded in 2015, is owned by working moms Luba Sadovska and Claudine Gunn. Head Coach Luba’s credits include membership on the Czechoslovakia Junior National Table Tennis Team and member of the Slovakia National Table Tennis Team. The editors at Ping Pong In Vancouver have met several players during the past two years who have been coached by Luba and it shows. Her students, young and old, display technically accurate strokes, radiate confidence and a play with a steely consistency. When we visited the NSTTC this past Saturday (November 19, 2022), the NSTTC was staging a tournament with categories of play from Beginner to A level. We witnessed a student of Luba’s, a 9 year old who’d been playing for about 3 months, consistently clobber the ball with grace and poise past an opponent in his 60’s. If you are looking for a table tennis coach with an international pedigree as player and instructor, you’ve come to the right place.

Club Details

The NSTTC is based out of a medium-sized gymnasium on the grounds of the 39th Combat Engineer Regiment. During operating hours, Luba and Claudine transform this simple gym into an extraordinarily inclusive table tennis training centre with excellent lighting and plenty of space around each table to play safely and confidently. The range of programs the NSTTC offers is comparitively vast. This is more than a place to play ping pong, it’s ground zero for anyone looking for an all-in-one club to go from a complete beginner to pro. Besides offering coaching, the NSTTC runs an online pro shop with decent gear at a fair price with the expertise of the staff to guide you to the right racquet and rubber.

This is by far the best organized table tennis club we have visited. Luba and Claudine have clearly poured an incredible amount of thought into the programs and offerings at NSTTC. There are programs for children, youth, seniors, people with Parkinson’s and other disabilities. There are school programs, master classes, and even training with a robot. North and West Vancouver residents, and people who live in downtown Vancouver and city’s the east side, this is your best bet for actualizing your inner ping pong player. Did we mention how friendly and open the club members are? Congratulations Luba and Claudine, nice work!

Club Coach:
Luba Sadovska

Website:
nsttc.ca

Email:
info@nsttc.ca

Phone:
604-209-7037

Address:
1513 Forbes Ave, North Vancouver, BC

Please check out this page for up-to-date hours of operation for the North Shore Table Tennis Club:

https://nsttc.ca/calendar/

From the NSTTC website:

MEMBERS:
1 hour = $6
2 hours = $10
3 hours = $13

NON MEMBERS:
1 hour = $10
2 hours = $15

There is a maximum of 3 hours of guaranteed play per player

The Facility:
The NSTTC operates out of the gymnasium on the grounds of the 39th Combat Engineer Regiment, 1555 Forbes Avenue, North Vancouver. The gym is well-lighted, the floor is that sprung wood, standard gym floor we've all grown to know and love.

Table Tennis Tables:
There are 8 quality Butterfly-brand table tennis tables nicely spaced across 2 rows in the gym. The result is a safe, spacious court to let your game rip without worrying about colliding with people or objects.

Coaching:
Coaching sessions for beginners to advanced players with Head Coach Luba Sadovska are available upon request by appointment. From the NSTTC website, it's apparent that this club offers actual classes, something we have not seen at other clubs. Check out the website's main menu, under "Training" to see what's currently offered. Call 604-209-7037 for more information on classes and one-to-one coaching.

Meet Head Coach Luba Sadovska

Introducing North Shore Table Tennis Club Head Coach Luba Sadovska. From our brief meeting, held on the fly as Luba oversaw the tournament, we gleaned a lot. Unabashedly devoted to expanding the game, Coach Luba sees table tennis as a universally accessible game to develop body, mind and spirit; an elixir to overcome injury, disability, and feelings of social isolation. As an immigrant to Canada, Luba has had to overcome adversity and adapt to new situations all along the way. We felt immediately welcomed and, throughout the afternoon we spent at the NSTTC, grew to see her as more than a coach. We would have to add to her resumé: organizer, overseer, informal amateur psychologist when necessary, host, social director, ambassador and spokesperson for the game of table tennis.

Competitive History:

  • Czechoslovakia Table Tennis Junior National Team Player and Member 1985-88
  • Slovakia National Team Player and Member 1988-2000
  • Active player, competitor and unofficial ambassador of the sport of table tennis
  • Table Tennis Canada member and advocate

Coaching History:

(parsed from the NSTTA website)

  • Head Coach and owner of North Shore Table Tennis Club
  • Head coach at “Long Term Athletic Development “Academy
  • Head Coach at West Vancouver Table Tennis Before and After Schools Program at Ridgeview elementary school
  • Certified Club Umpire
  • Standard 1st Aid and CPR Certified
  • Certified Table Tennis Coach covering Beginner to Competitive players:
    • Certified Base Coach
    • Certified Advanced Coach
  • Table Tennis Coach Developer
  • Learning Facilitator
  • Coach Evaluator

What keeps Luba in the game:

“I’m a table tennis coach and I co-run a thriving business that offers a range of table tennis programs to a very large range of people. The magnitude of that responsibility to my members gets me up in the morning and keeps me going all day. Besides that, I love this game, I owe it a lot and want to pay it forward.”

“Another thing that keeps me going is witnessing the accomplishment of athletes I have trained. For instance, I’m a PARA National team coach and I’ve had the pleasure of working with Peter Isherwood, a class 2 wheelchair table tennis athlete who has made it to Canada’s National PARA Table Tennis Team!” Congratulations, Peter!

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