A TOUGH screening procedure, aimed at preventing sexual perverts from landing coaching roles with children, has been put in place by the Football Association. Candidates applying to join the new FA Coaches Association launched by technical director Howard Wilkinson will be subjected to extensive questioning. The move follows public awareness of the potential of sports clubs and associations to unwittingly provide the environment for sexual perverts to use positions of responsibility to prey on youngsters - highlighted by recent court cases in Britain. Last May, a 47-year-old public school teacher who had worked for Crystal Palace Football Club was convicted of serious sexual assaults on two boys. And a court case is currently in process in Glasgow involving allegations that two people who worked for Celtic Boys Club had abused youngsters over a period of 20 years. Now, all would-be members of the FA coaching scheme are being told they must reveal, via a questionnaire, any details of convictions, prosecutions or involvement in official investigations related to the care of children in their charge before application for membership can even be considered. The questionnaire also requires information about involvement in drug-related offences and violence.