Lisvane CAC Tennis Club
After a number of nomadic years initiated by a move from its original location at Cardiff Arms Park, to Sophia Gardens, followed by several years without a permanent playing venue, resulting in a serious reduction in membership, the Tennis Section of the Cardiff Athletic Club relocated to a new permanent location in 2003 by amalgamating with the well established Lisvane Tennis Club based in North Cardiff to form the Lisvane (CAC) Tennis Club.
Since amalgamation, the ground has benefited from a number of improvements, the most significant of which was the building of a new clubhouse, opened by the Cardiff Athletic Club President, Bleddyn Williams in April 2004. In addition, over the years the original three courts have been progressively upgraded to full LTA requirements in terms of lighting, surface and marking. In 2016 two new floodlit courts were built thanks to the generosity of the LTA, Sport Wales and the Management Committee. As a result the Tennis Section is able to host home matches in the various leagues in which it competes throughout the year.
The section is managed by a dedicated Management Committee, who’s principle aims are to take advantage of the now excellent facilities in order to expand club membership via a comprehensive programe of junior/youth development, adult social and competitive tennis and an active social programe in addition to a number of promotional activities run during the season.
Men’s, Women’s, Mixed and Social tennis sessions are run weekly. They are growing in popularity with all courts often fully utilised, due in no small part to the significant improvements in the courts, particularly lighting, which means that all year tennis is now possible.
For those interested in competitive tennis, the section runs a number of men’s and women’s teams in the Tennis Wales South Division.
To encourage year-round competitive tennis, we also run men’s veterans and mixed doubles teams in the winter league.
We encourage tennis for people of all ages. Our youngest players are only four, and we have some energetic septuagenarians who play regularly too. On Saturday mornings classes are held at the following times, with 35 children participating – 9-10 am for 4-9 year olds, 10-11 am for 9-12 year olds, 11-12 am for 12 -14 year olds. There are also six midweek (performance) sessions held with just under 50 children taking part.
Children who show that they are developing their skills sufficiently, progress to the Performance Programe; they are then invited to extra coaching at other times during the week. Further progress promotes these children to the adult tennis programe. Many of our adult team members have progressed all the way through from Saturday morning tennis to our adult teams, illustrating the success of the coaching programe. It should also be noted that juniors won both the club men’s and women’s singles championship this year!
The juniors also participate in league matches against other clubs in the area. In 2016 our boy’s Under 14s Team won the Tennis Wales Welsh Club Team of the Year Award.
The programe is run by our resident coach, Tony Symons-Hicks, who is also developing our coaching staff. One of our older juniors qualified as a Team Leader while another has just completed his UKCCI, the first coaching qualification.
Taking advantage of our excellent clubhouse, the section organises a number of social events during the year, including informal tennis competitions, barbecues, quiz nights etc.