Barking RFC Camping near the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics (no longer operating)
Due to circumstances beyond our control, unfortunately Barking RFC has had to pull out of being a campsite for the Olympics and Paralympics near the Olympic Park.
It was brought to our attention at a late stage in the project that the 2 training pitches at Barking RFC, where the camping was to be located, were owned by the Local Council and even though Barking RFC has a 20 year lease on the space and owns the rest of the land and the clubhouse, they discovered that the Council still could have the say on this particular space. It is important to note that, during a meeting with Barking and Dagenham Council, regarding camping at Barking RFC, the Head of Planning was very happy for the campsite to go ahead and had no objections at all, so this problem is not one of planning permission on any level. However, some individual local councillors responsible for the immediate area around the rugby club had the say over whether they would permit the use of the pitches and decided to not allow them to be used. Barking RFC and Camping At The Games have done everything in our power to persuade the individual councillors to reconsider, and despite much support from the RFU and the local residents, they will not be budged. This is particularly disappointing given that the revenue generated from this opportunity would have been invaluable to the club in continuing to run their exceptional Youth Project that works with unemployed young adults to get them off the streets and into rugby where they can develop the key skills they need such as teamwork and communication to get back into employment.
In response to this Terry Marner, Club Chairman at Barking RFC has issued the following statement:
“Barking RFC would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to campers, we are extreme not to be taking part in this project and it is with great regret that we cannot accommodate you during the games. This project would have been a once in a lifetime opportunity for our club to be really involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which incidentally is on our doorstep, and the legacy from this would have been invaluable in supporting our Youth Project, the future of which now hangs in the balance so we are extremely disappointed at the decision of the Local Authorities not to support us in this venture.”
The best alternative site with good availability near to the Olympic Park is Match Day Centres in Walthamstow, just a 20 minute bus ride from the Olympic Park which boasts excellent facilities and local amenities. This site is already one of our most popular choices amongst Games Makers and ticket holders heading to the Park and we are confident that you will be in good hands.
For the Paralympics, we recommend Eton Manor, also very close to the Olympic Park and a great location for Games Makers and Ticket Holders alike.