Fylde Football Coach sentenced for indecent assaults on boys


A former youth football coach was sentenced to three years and three months at Preston Crown Court today for indecently assaulting two boys while he worked with two youth teams in the Poulton area on the Fylde.

Paul Whelan pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two indecent assaults on a boy under the age of 14 in the 1970s when he was a football coach at Churchills Junior FC and to one indecent assault on a 15 year old boy in the 1990s when he was a football coach at Wyre Juniors FC. 

Paul Whelan used similar approaches and excuses to isolate and indecently assault both victims.  He told one of the boys that he was studying anatomy at a local college and asked him to be a subject for his studies and suggested to the second boy that he needed some extra training to improve his football game.  In both cases he used the pretext of physical examinations back at his house to indecently assault them. 

Sophie Rozdolskyj from the CPS said:“Paul Whelan was in a position of trust as a football coach for youth teams, and the young boys that he coached looked up to him.  The two victims in this case wanted to do well at football and trusted what he told them.  He exploited that trust and took advantage of their youth and innocence for his own sexual gratification.  They have shown real courage in coming forward now and giving evidence against the defendant to enable him to be brought to justice.

“The CPS treats all allegations of sexual abuse seriously and we will bring prosecutions where there is sufficient evidence to do so no matter how long ago the offences took place.”


Sophie Rozdolskyj is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS North West.