Alan Bircher: Former medallist among swimming coaches suspended

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image captionAlan Bircher was not nominated to the Tokyo Olympics coaching squad for 2021, Swim England said

A erstwhile satellite metallic medallist is among the coaches suspended pursuing a reappraisal into payment issues astatine a swimming club.

Swim England launched an autarkic reappraisal pursuing concerns raised by parents of swimmers astatine Shropshire's Ellesmere College Titans Swimming Club.

Alan Bircher was among "some of the programme coaches presently suspended", it said.

Mr Bircher, manager of swimming astatine the club, has been approached for comment.

As a effect of the review, Swim England said, Mr Bircher was not nominated to the Tokyo Olympics coaching squad for 2021 and volition not beryllium portion of the squad astatine the Games.

Mr Bircher had been named arsenic a Team GB manager successful April arsenic portion of the unfastened squad astatine the Tokyo Games, but earlier this period stepped down owed to household reasons.

He was an planetary swimmer from 1997 to 2008, winning metallic astatine the satellite title successful Dubai successful 2004, and formerly a GB satellite title pb coach.

Swim England said the study had identified "welfare and governance issues", adding it had instantly implemented each the recommendations "to guarantee a safe, supportive and affirmative situation for everyone successful the club", which has included a "complete alteration of the governance operation of the club".

It said Swim England officers were moving alongside members to enactment successful spot a revised operation and procedures.

Following the suspensions, it said, coaching enactment has been secured, overseen by an experienced Swim England endowment coach, and an autarkic payment serviceman was supporting the club.

"Swim England volition stay moving with the nine until specified clip arsenic we are contented our robust safeguarding and payment procedures and policies are embedded wrong the governance of the club," it said.

"The suspended coaching unit volition not instrumentality to the programme until specified clip arsenic each conditions acceptable retired successful the study person been met to the restitution of Swim England.

"The payment and information of each of Swim England's members and British Swimming's athletes is of paramount value and we proceed to prioritise our work of attraction to each wrong our sport."

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