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A day in the life of an Olympic Games Maker – continued!

Kathy Gould from Basingstoke has just completed her role as a Games Maker where she was a T3 Driver and this is what she had to say about her stay at Match Day Centres…

I’m just back home from the experience of a lifetime!

 When I was accepted as a volunteer driver for the Olympic Games, my first reaction was “woo hoo!” My second reaction was “where am I going to stay?” 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. Although Eton Manor would have been closer, Match Day was open early enough for my first shifts so I decided to stay there for my full two weeks. I’m so glad I did. The Match Day 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.


Thanks so much to Cathy for sharing her story, we would love to hear more so keep them coming in!

The Campingninja Team


A day in the life of an Olympic Games Maker…what’s your story?

Laura Hopley, a Games Maker at the Royal Artillary Barracks, tells us about how she swapped her home in Telford for Blackheath Rugby Club…

My games experience has come to an end and as I sit in my camping chair looking out over the tented landscape which I have become so used to during the last 12 days, I am tinged with sadness. It has to be said that it has been the best, most surreal experience I have had! Meeting many famous faces within my role as tribune team leader at the Royal Artillery Barracks, as well as seeing a team GB gold unfold before me, has to top the long list of events that have made these days so memorable! Who would ever have thought that a quiet, 5ft 2 brunette would have been able to lead a team of other volunteers, stand her ground with stroppy press members and, most impressively of all, pitch her tent alone and in under 30 minutes!

The camping experience has been one I won’t forget! I was incredibly nervous about camping alone but I shouldn’t have been. The team at Blackheath were fab, facilities great and I never wanted for company in the bustling (and dry!) bar. What a 12 days… Made all the better by the family feel at Blackheath, without it my games experience wouldn’t have been half as good, and I know I have made friends for life! To sum it up in one word, and in the words of the class I teach… Epic!


A big thanks to Laura for sharing her experience with us and we want to hear more of them!!

The Campingninja Team


We are now working with Blacks Outdoor retailers during the Olympics!

We have great news, Blacks are the exclusive provider for the pre-erected tent villages, so for those of you who have booked these you are in the hands of the experts!

Blacks have also generously agreed to donate a proportion of the sales proceeds generated from their mobile stores back to the sports clubs and the sites they will be operating at include:

Eton Manor RFCBlackheath RugbyMatchday CentresStaines HCSouthgate HCSurbiton HCWeymouth CollegeRedlands Sports Hub; at periodic intervals throughout the games!

As well as providing these essential kit items Blacks will be on hand during their visits to take any requests from campers who are missing any additional bits and pieces and will source these directly in-store ready for their next visit! Blacks have also pledged to keep the cost of kit the same if not lower than that sold in-store and will be offering an exclusive discount to Camping at the Games customers who want to order kit online, just remember to enter the promotional code CampingAtTheGames when you purchase your items.

Details on site visiting times will be provided on arrival at your site, however in the meantime if you would like to find out more about what kit will be on offer check out this page!

Meet the Camping at the Games team as we follow the torch relay!!

Flyering team in glasgow!

Between now and the Olympics the Camping at the Games flyering squad will be following the torch relay route to some of it’s biggest venues! Our lovely team have already been in Glasgow and will be hitting Edinburgh later today as the crowds gather to welcome the Olympic Torch!

Today the route starts at St Andrews Castle and amongst other towns and villages the torch will be making it’s way through Stirling, Dunblane and Queensferry before it arrives in Edinburgh at around 6pm.  When the torch finally arrives in Edinburgh it will be greeted with a fabulous welcome from local residents, a host of celebrities and our very own flyering team to help kick start the celebrations at this evenings party!

If you are in the area give our girls a wave and post your pictures with the team on our Facebook Page! Later this month the team will also be heading to Manchester on 23rd, Leeds on 24th-25th and Birmingham on 30th and July 1st. They will also be hanging out at local stations and outdoor shops so keep your eyes peeled and pick up a flyer if you haven’t already booked!


Potter’s Field Park gives us a taste of camping at the Olympics!

On Monday the team were joined by 3 wonderful Games Makers, Emma Barker, Amy Stamp and Robert Lee, along with representatives from Surbiton HC, Match Day Centres, Barking RFC, Visit London and the London Assembly to talk about why Camping at the Games is such a great initiative!

We took over Potter’s Field Park, near Tower Bridge for a whole morning in the glorious sunshine to give onlookers and press a taste of what urban campers can expect this summer.And here’s a snapshot of what they heard…

Camping at the Games Show Reel!

A taste of London 2012 at Potter's Field