Campingninja saw over 5,000 campers utilise our pop up campsites this summer and having seen the staggering increase in hotel prices it wasn’t just the British who caught the bug! Campers hailing from an incredible 34 countries chose to stay with Campingninja, giving each site a real international flavor. Many of these visitors had never even camped before but loved it so aside from hosting thousands of visitors we hope we have inspired a new generation of campers!
One of Campingninja’s key objectives for the project was to leave a legacy for British sport at the grass roots. 75% of the camping fees raised will go back into the sports clubs which were transformed into temporary campsites, and the additional trade from thirsty campers in the evenings will also go along way!
One of the busiest sites was Blackheath Rugby Club, only a short distance from Greenwich Park, one of the world’s oldest rugby clubs did a fantastic job at hosting around 1,000 campers. Mark Fiander, Project Manager, comments;
“Opportunities like this don’t come around often for our club or some of the local suppliers involved. Our volunteers have had a great time meeting so many new faces this summer, the campers have been excellent and so much fun! The funds we have raised will be a real help in supporting even the day to day running of the club as well as the future projects we hope to run for our developing teams. We simply could not have done this without Campingninja.”
At Campingninja we hope to continue connecting thousands of people to the great outdoors and make camping a great option at more events across the country. Geoff Vaughan, Co-Founder of Campingninja comments:
‘We were told so many times this summer that our sites had a great community atmosphere as well as being hugely affordable. The highlight for me was having campers from across the spectrum. We had a fantastic group of Olympic Gamesmakers who were camping for the very first time! After such a successful 2012 we will be expanding our Events Operation and bringing it to other sporting and music events around the country, continuing to make camping a great option for both members of the public and work contractors.”
Thank you to everyone involved in Camping at the Games, from the campers, campsites to all the local suppliers we couldn’t have done it without you!
The Campingninja Team