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What is football coach abuse?

Community football clubs are a place to have fun and foster talent. Unfortunately, predators can join these clubs as coaches and abuse their positions of power. 

Allegations of football coaches physically and sexually abusing children and young adults are not uncommon; the high-profile case of former Manchester City and Crewe coach Barry Bennell came to light in 2016. If you experienced football coach abuse as a child, or know someone who has, we can help.

Examples of football coach abuse

Football is a highly competitive sport, but there is a fine line between encouraging young players to do their best and subjecting them to physical, emotional and sexual abuse.  The following gives examples of physical and sexual football coach abuse that children and young people can experience:

Physical abuse

  • Hitting, slapping, or kicking. 
  • Forcing players to over-train/train on injuries. 
  • Coaches withholding basic human necessities including food, water, and access to the toilet.

Sexual abuse 

  • Making sexual remarks to young players.
  • Initiating sexual relationships. 
  • Inappropriate touching including tickling, and touching on the bottom. 
  • Grooming

Can I claim compensation for football coach abuse?

If you have been subject to football coach abuse you may be eligible for compensation. The amount of money you receive will depend on the severity of the abuse, and the length of time the abuse took place. 

To find out more about the claim process, click here. If you’re unsure about your eligibility, please give us a call to discuss.

Contact us

If you’ve been affected by football coach abuse and you think you’re eligible the next step is to give us a call at Abuse Claims UK to discuss your case. You can do this by calling 0151 541 8672 or emailing us at [email protected].