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Welcome to the Hills District Tennis Association Inc. – the ‘Club’ for everyone
The association is a not for profit club and was formed in 1933 and became an association in its own right in 1977 and was incorporated in 1990. We offer club membership including affiliation and membership with Tennis NSW / Tennis Australia.
Our staff and club coaches manage two tennis centres at Castle Hill and Dural with over 800 tennis players using our facilities each week. Our two centres provide 17 well maintained synthetic grass courts with lighting . Our courts are available for hire night and day, seven days a week.
On March 17, 1933 the forming of a tennis association at the Dural Memorial hall commenced. The association was to be called Hills District Tennis Association. The affiliation fee was to be five shillings per club and sixpence per player. One month later on April 1,1933 the first club competition started with 10 teams. The winning team had to win three competitons consecutively in order to win the Hills District Cup.
HDTA was approached by the Hornsby-Killara Tennis Association with a view to amalgamation. In 1938 at a meeting it was resolved that no advantage would be gained by such a move. Fifteen years later in 1953 HDTA amalgamated with Hornsby Killara Association.
From 1941-1947, no tennis was played due to the war period.
In 1947-48 Annual report the secretary George Charlton stressed the importance of the need for young people to play ‘our sport’. Junior tennis first commenced in February, 1955 under the guidance of Jeff Inch. Today we have approximately 400 juniors in more than 100 teams playing in our weekly competitions insert story of short format SMJ comp introduction
In June 1954 the first approach was made for the courts at Quarry Rd in Dural Park. These courts were completed in 1967 and after five months were officially opened. The first coach at the association courts was Frank Niven who in 1968 donated the Jeff Inch memorial Trophy to be presented to the best junior each year.
In 1974 Jenny Evans started the Hills Ladies midweek. The competition steadily grew each year and at its height had 24 divisions of eight teams. In 1983 about 900 ladies were playing in this comp. Midweek Secretaries were Eileen Barnes, Liz Field, Anne Crowe ( life member ) and Linda Bestford.
In 1977 HDTA was the third largest association affiliated within NSW Hard-court with 2094 registered players. There were 64 courts suitable for competition play in the Hills district boundary. District boundaries were governed by the NSW Hardcourt Association to which Hills was affiliated.
In 1978 Tuesday Night Mixed and Thursday Night mens comps commenced with the 4 player per team format. Over the coming years the Hills experienced a boom in the number of members playing in our competitions, Tennis was well and truly alive and well in the 70s.
The Foresight and changes
In 2003 with the help of our club coach Neil Smith and club member Greg Winston, HDTA introduced for the first time its first “open unisex singles” competition. This competition was held in 3 time sessions on a Saturday afternoon and provided a shorter format with 2 player teams playing over 2 hours. Its also gave the opportunity for junior and senior players to come together on court and compete. This successful initiative was at the forefront of ideas that eventually established the other successful shorter format competitions we still offer today. Wednesday Night Doubles was introduced in 2008 and was an instant success. The competition grew quickly and was an “easy sell” through word of mouth , club advertising and marketing to the “busier lifestyle” player. It wasn’t long before this same short format (Tuesday Night Doubles) was trialled alongside the declining traditional long format of Tuesday Night Mixed. In 2010 players were given the option of playing the “Traditional ” vs the new format. Eventually the player numbers of the new short format outgrew the longer format and so Tuesday Night Doubles was here to stay.
In 2011 we were lucky to have the innovative thinking and IT skills from one of our long term members and also a former President of our club, John Allen. John volunteered many hours to design and develop (with willing assistance from staff, Linda Bestford) a very unique software (Tennis Maximiser ™ ) which would change the way we could prepare competition draws and manage member data. HDTA continues to use the Tennis Maximiser ™ program to implement new approaches to putting comps together and with the introduction of the MyChoice singles ™ comp which in 2015 is filling up our courts on a weekly basis and growing player participation.
Along the way our members and players were relying on an “ever changing” elected volunteer committee to not only employ and manage administration staff and centre facilities but also recognise any new resources which could allow the club and its facilities to move forward and keep up with future community expectations and needs. HDTA introduced computers to its office in 2005 and new computer software to manage accounts and store member data. Office and administration procedures were changing, fine tuned and eventually streamlined to offer a more professional and efficient service to all members and the tennis community. HDTA first website was established in 2007 and soon took over our club noticeboards. We could now communicate by email and so keeping members regularly informed was out our fingertips. New “online” Court Hire Booking systems were also introduced in 2010. Merchant facilities were also put in place to ensure prompt payments and a more user friendly and convenient system for all our tennis playing customers.
In 2012 the HDTA committee signed an agreement with both of our club coaches (Neil Smith – Castle Hill & Craig Edwards -Dural) to take on the responsibility for both court and centre maintenance as well as management of court hire and bookings at our 2 facilities. The new centre management agreement would ensure the tennis facilities are being well maintained on a daily basis and allow staff resources to focus time to competition and general club administration.
In 2015 our Courts, pro shop facilities and amenities have now all been upgraded to todays modern standards and we look to continue our good communication and working relationships with the local council and be able to offer our members and the wider tennis community tennis facilities we can all use and enjoy.
AGM Annual reports HDTA Meetings
Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2014
Annual Report 2015
Annual Report AGM 2016
Annual Report HDTA 2017