Football coach Sydney Hallworth jailed for indecent assault
Last Updated: 15/04/19 2:14pm
A football coach who ‘rewarded’ his young players’ man of the match performances by sexually abusing them, has been jailed.
Sydney Hallworth was sentenced to five-and-a-half-years in prison after being found guilty of five counts of indecent assault at Manchester Crown Court.
Hallworth was the coach of a youth football team in the Clayton area of Manchester in the 1980s when he abused players on his team.
Youngsters who had earned the 'Man of the Match' award for the previous week's game were invited to train with older age groups of the club at a training complex in Blackley.
Typically, Hallworth would collect the boys from their homes before heading to the site, where they'd get one-to-one coaching with him.
But after training, Hallworth would encourage the boys to remove their clothes under the pretext of giving them a sports massage, before sexually abusing them.
Following publicity surrounding the FA inquiry into child abuse in youth football, four separate men reported Hallworth to the police.
After Hallworth's arrest and during subsequent police interviews, he continually denied the accusations.
Hallworth has been ordered to sign the sex offenders' register for life and will also be subject to a lifetime sexual harm prevention order.