Did you get anything back at all after you paid your money?
What was the previous problem you had with the club?
What is the reason they are saying that you were not accepted as a member?
Do you have the receipts for the flights?
How much money did that involve?
Did you see the tournament or not at all?
The background detail would be helpful please.
You cannot do anything about a Private members club which decides to exclude you. They are entitled to exclude anyone they wish provided they are not doing it on the usual prejudicial grounds of race sex gender or suchlike.
If they took money from you to join the club and you then spent money going to a tournament which you could not subsequently attend, you would only be able to claim any of that consequential loss if they were aware, when you joined the club that you were doing so to be able to attend this tournament and that if your membership was rejected, you would have already bought the tickets and hence would suffer loss.
The reason why they didn’t want you in the club, as I explained earlier, is not relevant.
If they are not about to refund whatever you have lost, then you will have no option but to take them to the Small Claims Court and let a judge decide the issue.
The problem is whether the judge would find that your potential loss with regard to the tournament was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of them taking your money without letting you join the club.
Can I clarify anything for you?
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If they have told you that in their opinion, you brought the club into disrepute, then that is not actionable as defamation. They have to have publish that or spoken it to a third party. They can say what they like to your face provided they are not doing it continually to the extent where you are being harassed.
If these comments were made out loud, and other people hear them, then you do potentially have a claim for defamation although defamation claims are not easy to bring and if it fails for any reason, you could easily face legal costs running into tens of thousands of pounds so it can be risky.
It really comes down to whether you want to risk the money taking them to court because of a justify what they have said, to the satisfaction of the court, your claim will fail.
My suggestion would be to get the solicitor to write telling them that you want an apology, a withdrawal, and an undertaking not to do it again.