Cardiff Lawn Tennis Club has been twinned with a French counterpart in what is thought to be the first arrangement of its kind in Wales.
The Cardiff club, which is based in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, has been twinned with DonBosco Tennis Club from Nantes, with French members visiting the Welsh capital at the weekend to see the sights and play their new partners.
The twinning idea came from Cardiff club member Eric Dinar who is originally from France, and saw the potential benefit the partnership could have for both clubs, with opportunities for members to improve their game, but also their French language and knowledge of French culture.
Head coach of Cardiff Lawn Tennis Club John Williams said the new arrangement will offer great opportunities for the club’s junior and senior teams, with plans for a regular exchange programme which will allow the players to compete and learn new skills from one another.
The first official visit between the two clubs will take place in the autumn, with DonBosco teams returning to Cardiff. The Cardiff teams will head over to France in 2013.
Cardiff Lawn Tennis Club, which has 11 floodlit courts behind Cardiff Castle, currently has 400 adult members and 125 junior members.