Son’s sport shop ban spurs angry mum into action
A MOTHER was outraged to discover her son was forbidden from shopping in an Ashford sports shop because of his age.
Debbie Havell from Kennington said her 11-yearold son Josh was not allowed in SportsDirect.Com, High Street, without an adult, because he is under 16
The company has since agreed to take away the notice.
Mrs Havell said Josh, a pupil at Kennington Junior School, had been turned away from the store, part of the Sports World chain, while out with two friends on Saturday.
“I went to speak to the store manager and they told me it was their policy,” said Mrs Havell.
“I pushed them to tell me why they had that policy and eventually they told me it was because that age group has a high level of theft and trouble.”
The store opened in the former Co-op premises last month.
A notice stating that all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult is clearly displayed in the entrance door to the shop.
Vince Smith, spokesman for SportsDirect.Com said: “It is not company policy and the notice will be rescinded straight away.
“I will be investigating and the member of staff responsible will be disciplined.”
Debbie Havell with her son Josh