Before Busbridge Tennis Association began, the courts at Holloway Hill comprised two hard courts and two grass courts which were under-used, unimaginative and, in the case of the grass courts, undulating in such a way that a game of tennis required some unusual skills.
Under the tremendous drive and determination of BTA Chair Dr Chris Jagger and others, a plan was hatched in autumn 2006 to revamp the facilities with contributions from several organisations towards the £146,000 cost.
The aim of the project was to introduce fun tennis to encourage beginners and rusty players to improve their skills and take up exercise as part of a community partnership project. The intention was not to provide an exclusive “club” but to make the courts available to the public with the added benefit of an association to bring players together.
The diggers moved in and over the following year the area was transformed to its current facility with four full size hard courts, four mini courts for children, new fencing and nets, CCTV cameras and public noticeboards. Alongside the courts the plan for a general activity area for younger members of the community came to fruition with the multi-use games area (MUGA) for five-a-side football and basketball.
BTA itself then began to evolve and grew swiftly from a handful of members to over 100 within weeks and ultimately to its current membership level of 600 plus comprising adults and children.
Since then BTA has developed according to ideas and suggestions from both directors and members and now provides club nights, social activities, singles ladders, coaching and much more.
The next big project is to install floodlights at a cost of £20,000 for which BTA has launched a fund-raising drive. The floodlights will enable club nights and coaching to continue all year round, maximising the use of this fabulous facility.
Whereas Waverley BC technically own the site of the BTA facilities and are committed to maintenance within the Holloway Hill recreation ground, the BTA has spearheaded the construction of the courts through vigorous fundraising and has responsibility for promotion and provision of tennis activities and overseeing the specific maintenance needs of the tennis facility. The refurbishment of the courts was funded by Waverley Community Partnership Fund, the Big Lottery Fund, Surrey County Council, SITA Trust and Surrey Playing Fields Associate amongst others.