- Outdoor experts devise alternative method of staying in London during Olympics
- Barking Rugby Club among participating venues
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In the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, outdoor experts Camping at the Games have unveiled a new initiative to provide alternative accommodation in-and-around the capital.
The camping organisation has teamed up with a number of local schools and community sports grounds in London, Reading and Weymouth, to provide high quality camping pitches for as little as £10 per night.
The initiative, has been hailed as a unique, exciting and cost-effective way of relocating to the capital for this summer’s Olympics and has already proved very popular with Games Makers, ticket holders and young families.
A night’s stay at any of their sites will cost you no more than £10 per adult, and £5 per child and unlike other campsites there are no unexpected costs-clean toilets, hot running showers, parking and access to a lively clubhouse is all included. What’s more, visitors who may not have tickets for the Games can also head into London to enjoy all of the cultural events that are taking place in the capital.
Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners backed the scheme by commenting: “As the world’s top visitor destination London has a vast range of accommodation options – from five star hotels through to five pound camp sites - like the ones on offer at Camping at the Games.
"This summer, London will be welcoming the world and the atmosphere at these local campsites will be fantastic. Campsites are a great way of seeing a local area of London but also meeting and celebrating with people from all over the world.”
Aside from providing great value accommodation, Camping at the Games offers local sports clubs the chance to engage with the community and benefit from a considerable financial boost through camping fees and the additional activities they offer. The initiative will extend the Olympic legacy as the proceeds made will go a long way in improving club facilities and developing grass roots talent, in turn benefitting the wider community and UK sport.
Rhian Evans, Co-Founder and Director of Camping at the Games commented: “We wanted to make taking part in the Olympics affordable for everyone as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We have joined forces with local sports clubs close to Olympic and Paralympic venues who can offer their facilities and atmosphere for less than a tenth of the price to provide great value accommodation that in turn will generate valuable revenue to be reinvested into community sport!”
Barking Rugby Club are one of the 10 participating venues who are involved in the scheme and will be welcoming hundreds of campers over the summer.
Neil Kersey, Former Director of Rugby from Barking RFC, commented; "Camping at the Games is a fantastic initiative which is utilising London's sports fields during what will be a very busy summer for the city. It's a unique scheme which is family-friendly and offers incredibly affordable accommodation, making the Olympic experience accessible to everyone."