Thank you for your question.
They are both adults and they would be able to have a relationship because of their ages.
But it all depends on what is the rules on where they practice. There might be rules in place where the volunteers are not able to date the athletes they are training.
A lot of places do not allow co-workers to date in offices. It all depends on what the rules are for that facility.
The reason is usually because it would cause a problem in the work place. It could end in a bad break up so people do not want that kind of tension to cause problems from doing their work.
When you have a job the job comes first. Mostly people try to discourage dating in the work place. It does happen where trainer begin to date the people they are training. But it is usually on the facility if it is allowed.
When it comes to being an athlete people want to be fully focused on their training and these types of relationships can distract the person training. But if they both feel they can have a relationship and it will not effect the training then it is their choice on wether they want to continue a relationship. But if there is rules on volunteers dating people they are training then it is not allowed.
I am sure their are policies that your colleague can look up to see what the rules are. I know teachers are not allowed to date students even if they are of of legal age. But this is a volunteer and is not employed by the facility. So that is why it is important to know the rules before your colleague continues with this relationship.
When it comes to schools and colleges their are certain rules in place that people need to follow and their are always handbooks on the rules of the school.
Have you colleague either ark or read the rules if available.
It is best to know then to cause any later problems.
Its best not to know and not wonder if this is going to be a problem and he will no longer be able to volunteer.
*It is best to know and not wonder.
If someone mentions it to someone and then someone disagrees they might say something to someone that could effect the person volunteering. They also might disagree with this relationship happening between a trainer even though he is a volunteer. I would found out if this is allowed.
It is best he knows the rules first before he continues seeing this person.
Thank-you for your insight. I have checked on the rules, and there is nothing explicit regarding adult relationships. Everything is focussed, quite rightly, on minors.
I am still concerned, but I see no reason why they can't pursue a relationship. They met through their common interest - and the relationship developed slowy. They are crazy about each other, and have asking me if they need to leave the sport in order to continue dating. I think they should be okay, but I've cautioned him that some may have a problem with it. Do you think that there is a significant power imbalance in this situation?