A high-profile national sports coach is under police investigation following allegations of sexual violations against young girls.

Members of the sporting community he has been part of for more than a decade have told the Herald they are angry he was allowed to coach age-group teams despite "lots of rumours" about his behaviour.

Until recently the man, who cannot be named yet for legal reasons, was contracted by a national sporting body to coach national age-group teams.

His wide-ranging CV also includes stints as coaches for several clubs in the upper North Island and a number of high schools, including

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