Rain sodden pitches, poor maintenance and pitch fee increases have been a big concern for sports in the village, and in February 2014 HRH the Prince of Wales reportedly made a surprise visit to a waterlogged Dafen Park after an official visit to Llanelly House. Read More.
Since the Prince's rumoured visit, it has been claimed that a cash strapped County Council has been considering proposals by the Prince to ensure the future of sports in Dafen following a consultation exercise by the Council which sought people’s views and suggestions towards finding an acceptable charging structure, or alternative, that would ensure sporting facilities can be enjoyed for generations.
The Prince is said to have gone down the alternative route by putting forward a proposal to take out a lease on Dafen Park with plans to turn it into a Centre of Excellence for the World Alternative Games.
The new activities would mean that no maintenance tasks would need to be undertaken as the venue would paradoxically improve as the grounds continued to degrade. Conditions at the park are already favourable for events such as Bog Snorkelling and Mud Wrestling, and the local cricket and soccer clubs already have experience. Other sports that would be developed as part of the plans include Ditch Racing, Egg Throwing, Sack Fighting, Toe Wrestling, and Worm Charming.
The World Alternative Games takes place annually at Llanwrtyd Wells, and it is hoped that the new Centre of Excellence in Dafen would give Wales a competitive edge and ensure Welsh domination for decades to come.
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