I have already provided my response above, I will copy it here for you;
Thank you for your enquiry. There are really two parts to this question, both of which I am happy to address. Firstly, in relation to the damaged equipment, you can make a claim against the club for the damage to the equipment. You would have to raise a small actions claim against them but you can do this easily online and you will have to out line the (current) value of the equipment in the claim and that is the sums you will enter into the claim along with an outline of the issues surrounding the damage. You can complete the forms for a small claims action easily online. You will have to highlight what the issues are and tell them how much you are claiming for, to be honest the first are straight forward and self-explanatory. If you feel you can do this yourself then you don’t really need to hire a solicitor but I will provide details for you in case you feel you want to. You will then receive a response to the claim and a court date. On the day (unless they offer a settlement) you will appear at the local court and basically provide your evidence and give you claim to the judge and they will response. The judge will assess the merits of the claim and defence and make a judgement this should be relatively easy for you to prove so the respondent may well offer a settlement in the meantime. In terms of a defamation claim. In order to prove defamation of character there are two “barriers” which you have to prove. Firstly, you have to show that there has been a publicised statement which is to your detriment. You have to be able to show that it is not true. So just for an example, if you have been convicted of a crime, and maintain your innocence, and someone publicises this on social media you wouldn’t have a case as you have been found guilty by law. You have to be able to show that the statement is untrue. Secondly you have to be able to show that you have suffered, or are likely to suffer a detriment due to the false information which has been shared about you. If you can do both of these things then you will be successful in your case for defamation.
I hope this information has helped. You can find a local solicitor who deals with this on the law society webpage which is;
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