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Richmond to open massive private sports club

The member-only club charges $255 per month per family after an entry fee
Glenn Cho, a Richmond businessman and amateur pickleball player, founded the club with his business partners. Photo submitted

A 100,000 sq.ft. private sports club, understood to be the first of its kind in Richmond, is set to open later this year.

The Greater Vancouver Sports Club, at 1751 Savage Road, will have more than 30 indoor and outdoor courts for sports activities including pickleball, badminton, squash, padel, basketball, red ball tennis, table tennis and pilates.

The facility will also have a café, food trucks, a gym and a social lounge.

Unlike some existing sports clubs in Richmond, this one is member-only. Members need to pay a one-time $1,500 sign-up fee, and $255 per month for a family of up to four members, who will have nine hours of court time per week.

“We wanted families of all ages to have a place to play all year long consistently, without being restrained by the weather,” said Glenn Cho, president and a co-owner of the Greater Vancouver Sports Club.

Cho said this is “affordable” compared to other private clubs in Metro Vancouver and they are hoping to draw customers from the whole region.

“We chose Richmond because it’s at a central location in Greater Vancouver, so we can draw not only from Richmond but everybody from the North Shore, Vancouver, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Delta, Ladner etc."

The club is set to open on September 1 and people can now start making reservations for memberships on its website