23 July – 3 August 2014 will see one of the world’s most significant multisport events come to Glasgow. (Find out more at Glasgow2014.com) With
Hilary Orr, married Mum of 3 talks about her Gamesmaker experience in this article: Happy Camping! The Gamesmaker Campsite She talks extensively about her experiences
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
23 July – 3 August 2014 will see one of the world’s most significant multisport events come to Glasgow. (Find out more at Glasgow2014.com)
With less than 300 days to go and the results of the ballot about to go live, campingninja has released 150 early bird camping passes for the Volunteer Villages slap bang in the middle of Glasgow ahead of next summer’s spectacle – and they are selling fast!
It’s hard to believe that 12 months ago we were reflecting on a whirlwind summer where we hosted over 7,000 campers from across 34 nations in London during the greatest show on earth – the London 2012 Olympics! And now we are doing it all again – by popular demand – we are back with even more to offer campers in our exclusive Glasgow Volunteer and Fan Villages. Next summer we will be recreating the magic of Camping in London… in Glasgow, across 2 large sites based at community sports clubs in South West and South East Glasgow and almost 50% of Earlybird passes are sold out already!
The first two campsites to go on sale are less than a 30 minute journey on public transport from major venues including the; velodrome, aquatics centre, Hampden Park, The Glasgow International Hockey Centre and Ibrox Stadium for the rugby 7s. The majority of all other venues will also take less than 60 minutes to reach via public transport and even less by car if you dare to take on the traffic!
Campingninja has released 150 earlybird volunteer camping passes at a reduced special rate with a money back guarantee if you are not selected to volunteer, that can be purchased here. Volunteers will need to book fast as passes are selling out fast! Further passes and single night camping prices for ticket holders will also be released at an introductory rate of £11 per night – prices will then increase incrementally up to £21 per night thereafter. Keep a check on the website CampinginGlasgow.com for regular updates. There is also a handy Volunteer forum purposely for volunteers to meet prior to their stay and communicate ideas and requests to Campingninja.
Hilary Orr, married Mum of 3 talks about her Gamesmaker experience in this article: Happy Camping! The Gamesmaker Campsite
She talks extensively about her experiences at our Eton Manor campsite….
“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 set up a Facebook page, and soon had in excess of 48 members who were to be camping at Eton Manor Rugby Club in Wanstead! We set up camp together and even had our very own ‘village hall’. We had all our shift rotas hung inside the village hall, so we could see who was off on a particular day and pal up together, we enjoyed meals out, visits to the theatre, museums etc.
I had been given a folding bike from a friend and I sprayed it red, white and blue and brought it with me to London. It fondly became known as ‘camp-bike’, and I used it to travel to Wanstead tube, but more importantly for my daily shower/toilet trips, when usually I would be dressed in wellies, dressing gown and pyjamas!
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)!
I recently attended the Team GB parade in London, and despite not being offered a place on the Mall, I stood proudly with my camping Games Maker friends and the public and screamed and cheered at the spectacular athletes as they passed us by parading the medals.
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.”
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
We are delighted to have re-opened three of our campsites for the Paralympics including; Eton Manor RFC, Blackheath Rugby Club and Redlands Community Sports Hub in Weymouth. As predicted Eton Manor, only a 10 minute tube ride from the Paralympic Park is almost sold out, which suggests that ticket sales are up and Games Makers are on standby for what is dubbed to be the most successful Paralympic Games – ever!
The success of the Olympic Games will be difficult to replicate but if anyone can do it, it’s Team GB! With a target of 103 medals and a 2nd place finish in the table, Team GB has the belief and support of the nation behind them so now we just eagerly await tonight’s opening ceremony as the torch makes it’s way through East London!
Aside from the sporting success of the nation another thing we have shouted about all summer is our fantastic campers! Urban camping has been an even bigger success than we could have ever imagined and the sports clubs involved will benefit from the legacy it has created for years to come. Many Games Makers, ticket holders and even just visitors to London have embraced the camping experience and marvelled at how much fun the experience was! And if you don’t believe us check out the reviews…
Over the course of the summer our sites will have hosted over 5,000 campers from 34 different nations, many of whom have never camped before…certainly not in London. So we hope that aside from inspiring a generation of sports pros this summer, by the end of the Paralympics we also hope to have inspired a generation of campers! After all this is what Campingninja does all year round, WE LOVE CAMPING!
The Campingninja Team
Ahead of your Paralympic booking, see if these tip-top reviews of Blackheath RFC send you camping crazy!
Mark and the guys at Blackheath RFC really pulled the stops out over the Olympic period; having never run a campsite on this scale before they excelled themselves in their attentiveness to all you happy campers, and their willingness to help. The bar proved to be a valuable asset, providing a welcome place of rest for weary Games Makers returning from a hard day at the Olympic Venues!
Willem & Tineke Verwejj, Gouda, The Netherlands – Blackheath
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, Sheffield,UK- Blackheath
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 organisors were both top notch.My thanks and congratulations!!
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.
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, Southampton, Hampshire
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!
If this tempts you to go and join in the fun, just click on either of the pictures and you will be redirected to the booking form for Blackheath RFC. Good facilities, good atmosphere and fantastic customer service sets this site apart, with fantastic access to Greenwich and the ExCel Centre it is not to be missed.