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Wednesday, 15 August, 2001, 20:03 GMT 21:03 UK
Golfer, 2, 'banned' from park
Daniel Williams
Daniel Williams posed no threat with his plastic clubs
A park attendant has been condemned for stopping a toddler play with his plastic golf clubs, for fear he might injure park users.

Daniel Williams, from Skewen, south Wales, was the victim of council bureaucracy, when the attendant halted him from swinging his 16-inch club.

Daniel had received the clubs as a present for potty-training.

But his grandparents were unhappy with the way in which he was banned from enjoying himself.

A 16-inch plastic club and a toy ball which could not harm anyone because his longest drive is only about 7ft.

Barbara Williams, Daniel's grandmother
Keith Williams, 56, said the attendant had told him that golf was too dangerous a game for the park.

The local community council admitted Daniel had been moved on to another area in the park - because he had been playing on a prepared cricket square.

The boy's grandmother, Barbara, 54, said: "Daniel was running back and forth with his little clubs and hadn't been in the park for longer than 10 minutes before an attendant came over.

"He said Daniel couldn't play golf in the park and that there was a notice saying no golf was allowed.

"My husband explained it was a plastic golf set but that didn't seem to matter.

'No contact with parents'

Mrs Williams added: "Daniel was playing with a 16-inch plastic club and a toy ball which could not harm anyone because his longest drive is only about 7ft.

"Stopping him play was childish and petty. He couldn't have broken something if he tried."

A spokesman for Coedffranc Community Council, which runs the park in Skewen, said the attendant said he only moved the boy to another area of the park.

"If the family make a formal complaint, it will be thoroughly investigated but we have not had any contact from them.

"I have spoken to the attendant concerned and he said they were playing on a prepared cricket square.

"They were asked to move from there and played quite happily at another convenient spot before they left of their own volition," he said.

The Golf Foundation, which encourages youngsters into sports, said the attendant's action could have hindered the development of the next Tiger Woods.

"This is typical of the kind of bureaucracy we face when trying to get children into sport.

"What if that happened to Tiger Woods when he was a child? You could be stopping the development of the next great golfer," national development manager Stuart Armstrong said.

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