Football: Harlow Town under investigation over allegation that coach did not have safeguarding clearance

ESSEX FA are investigating a complaint that a Harlow Town under-14’s team was coached last season by a person without the necessary safeguarding clearance.

All coaches are required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before they can engage in sporting activity with children.

YH understands that the parents only found out about the alleged safeguarding omission when they had paid the fees for 2019/20 season. The fee came to £320.00.

The parents and players have left the club but still remain (collectively) thousands of pounds out of pocket.

They have not only made an official complaint to the Essex FA but have also launched a social media campaign as they look for their money back.

Essex FA have declined to comment as there is an “active case relating to this matter”.

Harlow Town FC has also declined to comment.

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