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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: 1 year ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

Do you know of any reason?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It's not been brought to my attention
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

No, but has there been an incident?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
None that I can think of
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year ago.

OK. I presume this is a public pool?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
a local leisure centre
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago.
What is a defamation action
Expert:  Jo C. replied 1 year 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.