Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan Verny.
Allen & Sons Table Tennis Club was created five years ago as a recreational center for the employees of Allen & Sons Appliance Service Company that is located next door at 21911 Sherman Way in Canoga Park.
In the beginning, there were only 4 tables and few enthusiasts.
After 2 months, the room became so crowded that the owner of the appliance company Alan Verny decided to expand, and add another 4 professional tables establishing a new separate business.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As almost any new ventures, nothing is easy initially. From regulations to awareness of the sport we always had to constantly prove everyone that there is a point of having a table tennis club in West San Fernando Valley. Only the love for the sport and the joy of seeing people from all walks of life improving their games kept me going.
The fact that your grandparents can teach their grandchildren to play competitively not only is a plus but a great health benefit for the development of such gender and age neutral sports.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Now this place is well known as Allen & Sons Table Tennis club and is one of the most popular table tennis clubs not just in the Los Angeles, but in the whole country.
It is a full-service club with professional tables, a special Olympic-type floor, great ceiling lights, shower and even a massage room.
We were the first club to provide an Olympic level of equipment and atmosphere. Before us, most clubs were just rented spaces from schools or churches and were targeted just as a hobby for most participants. We are the place where you can learn to play a sport and take it to a National and even Olympic level.
We also provide a live streaming of our club activities and Tournaments. Which you can see on our website MyPingPongClub.com
Several ITTF certified coaches train many of the 700+ members of our club and help them improve their game.
37 club members participated in the 2016 US Open
(held on 12/12/16– 12/18/16 in Las Vegas) and In the 2015 US Open, 33 of our club members won 11 national medals. Table Tennis, also known as a Ping – Pong is the game for everybody from age 7 to 99 years young.
This sport has a record of almost no injuries and helps to improve concentration and reflexes.
Sometimes, during a cruise vacation, our club members playing on the ship’s deck feel like celebrities, because of a large number of spectators gathering around and applauding their game.
Every Friday in the club we have Round Robin Tournaments with a variety of prizes.
As a registered official USATT club, we provide four sanctioned North – West LA Open tournaments. As result of that, the players get an official rating in the USATT.
On some weekends the club is filled up for different corporate tournaments. This brings a lot of fun to regular corporate employees and at the same time builds teamwork.
We look forward to popularizing table tennis as a sport and recreation. We would like to see Americans among the winners in the next Olympics.
Let’s make American Table Tennis great again.
What were you like growing up?
I used to be an engineer, and always had a knack for business development. I founded one of the largest Appliance Repair companies in California and understood that every customer needs to be respected and cared for.
When I started the club we had very few people interested in Table Tennis in our neighborhood.
However, when we provided the right facilities, environment and share your passion for the sport with your community we became the driving force behind the growth not only of the club but also of our local Canoga Park community.
- Day pass – $15 per person
- Address: 21915 Sherman Way
Canoga Park, CA 91303
- Website: www.MyPingPongClub.com
- Phone: (818) 330-5756
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Allen-Sons-Table-Tennis-Club-129215700588095/
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/allen-and-sons-table-tennis-club-los-angeles
Image Credit: Alan Verny