Hilary Orr, married Mum of 3
“Because I had recently been made redundant, I was on a budget and this totally reflected where I was able to stay; even the most basic hotel prices were out of my league. Through joining a Games Maker forum I found the Eton Manor Rugby Club who, via “Camping at the Games”, were offering camping for £10 a night (bargain!). I thoroughly enjoyed the camping, and in some respects just as much as completing my Olympic role. It was like having a ‘family’ while living in London; the rugby club staff were utterly fantastic, they started serving breakfast as early as 6am (to catch those on an early shift) and served alcohol into the early hours (to catch the late finishers)! To coin a phrase, I had the time of my life in London this summer, and feel so honoured and proud to have been a part of it. I have had experiences and made friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Willem & Tineke Verwejj, from The Netherlands
“On Saturday the 4th August we decided to come to London. Having the Games this nearby was an opportunity we couldn’t resist. Since the hotels had discount prices which we still found to be a lot of money we looked for a campground near London and found this Campingninja site. This, together with the warm welcome (and showers), clean toilets and a bar made it a wonderful stay. Very well done! And off course we also enjoyed the Games!”

Pat Lewis, from Sheffield
“Our stay in a pre-erected tent helped make our trip to the Olympics.There was a great atmosphere,a great mix of people from many countries,the organisation and the organisers were both top notch. My thanks and congratulations!!”

Niki, from Plymouth
“We stayed at Blackheath for 10 days. We had a fantastic time. The atmosphere was amazing particularly in the bar when team GB were competing! The facilities were good and the staff were amazing. What a great experience.”

Natalie, from Lancashire
“What a great idea to use a rugby club for a campsite, all the facilities you need- showers, toilets, bar, shop around the corner. Staff were really helpful advising which trains etc to get (2 stops to Blackheath then 10min walk to Greenwich Park). Most other campers were Games Maker volunteers, they worked long days so everyone was in bed early.
Glad we chose to camp!”

Kate, from Southampton
“I was a Games Maker and camped at Blackheath Rugby Club for the whole duration of the Games. I was very happy with all the arrangements, particularly the dedication of the 24 hour security team – it must have been very lonely at the dead of night! I was also very impressed with the speed with which Ryan, the barman, remembered what I drank – the bar was very, very busy most of the time!”

Lynne, from Wirral
We are not a family of campers so it was great that the tent was already erected and set up for us as soon as was arrived, the friendliness and assistance was first class, the breakfast was lovely and made a great start to our day. Big Thank You.”

David, from Stoke-on-Trent
“What fantastic staff, they worked with the same enthusiasm as the Games Makers and should be given the full uniforms in recognition. From being welcomed on the site to 24 hour security to breakfast from 6.00am, the whole staff from grass roots up were a credit to London.”

Happy Camper, from Bournemouth
Food good and showers hot! We spent 2 nights at the campsite which was in a perfect location for the Olympics. Great to mingle with fellow spectators and Games Makers alike whilst watching the action on the big screens.”

Rachel, from Norwich
Can’t express enough how brilliant those running the site were. This was a brilliant place to stay if you are a Games Maker because it is so close to the Olympic park. They provide a much needed breakfast for a small cost, and the same with dinner. Kept clean and tidy, with friendly staff around at all times including all night. Would definitely recommend for the Paralympics!”

Kathy Gold, from Basingstoke
I knew staying in London was going to be expensive, but I hadn’t banked on there being no vacancies at hostels or in universities. One of my friends jokingly suggested camping, and I thought why not? I typed camping for Olympic Games into Google, and it found Camping at the Games – perfect! The booking was really simple, and I loved that the staff understood that we might need to make changes once our shifts were confirmed. The staff were friendly and helpful, and the locals were fascinated that we were camping on their football pitch and made us feel so welcome. I can’t imagine I would have met so many wonderful, positive, friendly, inspirational people if I’d stayed in a hotel. I feel I’ve made friends for life.”