Earlier this year, volunteers, coaches, officials and venues were recognised as regional British Tennis Awards (BTA) winners, for the role they play in creating opportunities for the nation to get on court.
Launched in 2015 with the help of former LTA president Cathie Sabin OBE and Britain’s leading tennis charity, the Tennis Foundation, the BTAs thank those supporting the grassroots of the game.
A record-breaking total of 1,460 nominations were cast last year before county British Tennis Award winners were named and those winners were then whittled down to 50 regional winners.
South East winner, Hollie Irwin has volunteered at Maresfield Lawn Tennis Club for three years, where she has supported the club and primary school programmes, and offers new ideas.
She often supports at club events, including a charity doubles tournament in aid of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, where her excellent baking skills contributed to a total of £700 raised.
Hollie is passionate about inspiring more females to play tennis and has helped deliver two successful fun days for girls aged 6 – 16, which involved promoting, planning and supporting at the events.