Simon Weston launches Players Trust in bid to protect young footballers
A free service to protect young footballers and provide them with guidance throughout their careers was launched on Tuesday in Westminster by the Falklands veteran Simon Weston four months after the uncovering of the biggest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the sport.
Weston said the Players Trust, an independent, not-for-profit organisation, would help prevent the wretched headlines and harrowing football stories which dominated the news media before the turn of the year.
Speaking at the House of Commons, Weston, a charity worker who came to prominence after being severely burned in the 1982 Falklands war and is involved with the Players Trust through his friendship with its parental guidance officer, Simon Bywater, who was also in the forces, said: “The need for independent support for our young athletes and their parents has never been greater. The sexual abuse revelations, along with bullying allegations in both football and cycling, have clearly highlighted some of the shortfalls in the way we protect our young talent here in the United Kingdom.