A group of 32 young people from Bad Rappenau, Germany has recently completed a very successful visit to their twin town Llandrindod Wells. The majority of the group were boys who were members of youth football teams from their hometown Bad Rappenau and the visit had been organised to include football matches organised by Llandrindod Wells Football Club.
The young people stayed at the Elan Valley Lodge for their four day visit to Wales where they were greeted by young people from Llandrindod Wells and Contrexéville (France) who were also on a visit to Mid Wales.
On the first morning of their stay the youngsters explored Elan Valley and in the afternoon joined the Llandrindod Wells and Contrexéville youngsters for visits to the Radnorshire Museum and the National Cycle Collection. This was followed by a football practice in preparation for their matches at Llandrindod Football Club later in the week.
The following day members of Llandrindod Wells Golf Club invited the group to learn putting, pitching and driving at excellent facilities at the Club. The youngsters thoroughly enjoyed this experience and thanked the Golf Club Members for their patient and expert tuition.
One highlight of the visit was a football match between the Bad Rappenau and Llandrindod Wells football clubs under 14 teams for a trophy given by the Bad Rappenau Twinning Association. The game was very competitive and played in a sporting manner with Bad Rappenau coming out victors 4-2. Thanks were given to Geraint Davies and Ian Halstead from Llandrindod Football Club for organising the match. After the game both teams were presented with commemorative medals and enjoyed a barbecue together organised by Llandrindod Football Club. It is hoped to develop the football links with Bad Rappenau and Contrexeville through a French – German – Welsh mini 5 a side tournament with a couple of teams from each country in future years.
The German youth group also enjoyed a day visit to Aberystwyth and Borth where they were joined by the Llandrindod and Contrexéville youth groups to take part in sporting activities on the beach. For many of the young visitors this was their first trip to Britain which they thoroughly enjoyed. Jeff Green, Mayor of Llandrindod Wells, said that such visits are important for our young people in order to foster friendship and understanding through the exchange of sport and cultural experiences. He hoped that young people from Llandrindod will be able to visit Bad Rappenau in the near future to consolidate the friendships forged during the stay of the German youth group.