What is the true national sport of Wales?
The debate about the true national sport of Wales has been raging for years between rugby and football fans. But a new book claims that the first and true national sport of Wales is neither of these, but the little less know sport of Handball.
In industrial Wales Hanbdball (or Pêl-law) was the predominant sport – drawing crowds of thousands to watch the game that could be described as similar to squash, but without the rackets. Courts were to be seen in many parts of the Welsh valleys and it was played in yards of pubs in front of betting spectators. The game was a national obsession, with people travelling from far and wide to watch thrilling matches between the sporting heroes of the day, and fortunes being won and lost through side stakes and gambling.
: Handball | The Story of Wales' First National Sport | Book launch in Nelson, Caerphilly
Join us at the launch of HANDBALL - THE STORY OF WALES' FIRST
NATIONAL SPORT by Kevin Dicks at the Royal Oak public house, Nelson, Caerphilly on Thursday, 13th of April, 7.30pm.
In the company of Kevin Dicks and guests! All welcome!
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