According to Northumbria police the alleged assaults date back over 40 years, to between 1973 and 1998.

George Ormond, 61 will appear before Newcastle Magistrates' Court on June 9 following an investigation into "non-recent child sexual abuse in the sporting community".

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best said: "Our investigations are continuing and we urge anyone who may have been a victim of abuse or has any information about suspected abuse within any sporting community to come forward and report it to us."

Anyone with any concerns or has suffered abuse is asked to contact the Operation Tide team on 101 or contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 023 2642.