Earlier this year Chris Millard notified the committee of Newton Storm that he was stepping down from his coaching role with our under 13s. The reasons for Chris’s departure were made clear at the time and shared with the appropriate parties within the Club and the u13s.
It has come to light recently that it has been suggested publicly, by someone unknown to Chris or the Club, that the reason for his departure was due to him failing the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check that is required of people working with children.
Newton Storm would like to make it clear that this is most definitely not the case. Chris continues to hold all appropriate accreditation and, should he wish, is free to return to any position within the club or the wider game.
Chris has dedicated many years of service to Newton Storm and the false suggestion that he is unable to work with children has been highly distressing, and potentially seriously damaging, for Chris and his family.
Newton Storm, and the Rugby Football League, has robust processes in place to deal with any such issues. If any parent/career has any concerns or questions then they are more than welcome to talk to a member of the committee in confidence. In terms of our vetting processes these are strictly confidential between the volunteer, the RFL and the Club.
Whilst the source of this ‘rumour’ is not, to our knowledge, within the Club the committee must make it clear that if any member of the Club (i.e. volunteer, player or parent etc.) is suspected of discussing situations such as this - be it carelessly speculating why someone has left or maliciously “spreading the word” about someone - then they will be subjected to disciplinary action which may result in the termination of membership of the Club. Furthermore the subject of such talk would be free to pursue the matter legally.
Storm would like to apologise to Chris and his family for any upset and distress that this issue has caused.
Updated 23:00 - 1 Oct 2018 by Ben Logan