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I've been volunteering at a local swimming club since 2008.

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I've been volunteering at a local swimming club since 2008. For a few weeks I have been barred from entering the poolside from the assistant head coach without an verbal or written explanation. I have been asking for this and haven't been given this. Is there anything I can do about this?
Submitted: 12 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 12 months ago.

Do you know of any reason?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
It's not been brought to my attention
Expert:  Jo C. replied 12 months ago.

No, but has there been an incident?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
None that I can think of
Expert:  Jo C. replied 12 months ago.

OK. I presume this is a public pool?

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
a local leisure centre
Expert:  Jo C. replied 12 months ago.

In that case, they can withdraw your invitation to attend for any reason they like unless it is an unlawful reason like sex or race discrimination.

Expert:  Jo C. replied 12 months ago.

They do not have to provide a reason.

However, you can always turn these allegations round upon people by effectively threatening a defamation action.

Customer: replied 12 months ago.
What is a defamation action
Expert:  Jo C. replied 12 months ago.

But it depends how much you are prepared to spend on this.

A solicitor could write to them for about £100 plus VAT. That letter would effectively need to say that you are considering a defamation action and need this information in order to consider your position.