Weymouth- Battle for the Winds
Since Danny Boyle's widely acclaimed ceremony kicked off The London 2012 Olympic Games, we at CampingNinja have been touring the London and Weymouth campsites that Games Makers and ticket holders from all over Great Britain are calling home for the next couple of weeks. We have already experienced Weymouth College, Eton Manor RFC and Blackheath RFC, and what a tour it has been! We have met some amazing volunteers, giving so much of their time and effort to make sure we can enjoy the summer games, and not only that but they are doing it all with a smile on their faces; many enthusiastic ticket holders soaking up the atmosphere not only in the Olympic Park, but also in our clubhouses; and even a few athletes turned up to see what we are all about! Before the end of the week we will have stopped off at Match Day Centres, and stayed at Eton Manor... Again... Because we just can't get enough of the fantastic atmosphere there!
Here is our verdict on some of the campsites we visited this week...
At Eton Manor we teamed up with BBC Radio 5 Live, who broadcast their live show direct from our campsite, they chatted with campers, ninjas, and anybody who was up for joining in the fun! Even 2 time Olympian, and gold medal winner Marlon Devonish joined us for the show and it was fantastic to see the support we have gained through Camping at the Games.
Even better news for you happy campers eager to grab a space: 40 pitches have been opened up at Eton Manor for the duration of the Games, so get booking before they run out!
When we headed over to Blackheath RFC we ran into some ecstatic campers returning from the equestrian and gymnastic events, riding on the wave of a silver and bronze medal respectively for Team GB! It was great to see this enthusiasm and it was clear to what degree everybody at Blackheath were throwing themselves behind our amazing athletes, although I shudder to think what the reaction would have been to the women's pair winning gold this morning!
Our pre-erected tents are going down a storm with all our campers, so we decided to try one for ourselves... Spacious and convenient is the verdict! Go ahead and try one yourselves for £25 p/night; the absence of construction and the delight of not tangling yourself head to foot in guy ropes makes these tents a must-have for any less-experienced Olympic camper eager to catch all the action.
The Battle for the Winds is a unique series of events marking the opening celebrations of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events, culminating in three unforgettable days of outdoor performance at Weymouth and Portland (26-28 July). Battle for the WInds tells the story of an heroic quest to free the winds for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing events, will they succeed? You will have to get down to Weymouth to find out.
The atmosphere is fantastic down at Weymouth College, and we made use of the lovely cafe facilities where Games Makers have been fuelling their volunteering with a solid breakfast.