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Camping and Caravanning Club welcomes new president

Motorhomes and a tent pitched up in a field

The Camping and Caravanning Club has welcomed its new president. Wildlife cameraman, author and TV presenter Hamza Yassin is a keen camper and new incumbent of the role.

He engaged with visitors at Birmingham’s NEC on Thursday 15th February as the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show was well underway.

Hamza is one of us, being a campervan owner, and uses it to indulge his passion for the great outdoors, which he is keen to encourage in children too.

This has been demonstrated in his CBeebies show Let’s Go for a Walk and the accompanying book he wrote for his role as Ranger Hamza.

As well as appearing on The One Show and as a guest presenter on Countryfile, his many TV exploits have included winning the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Sabina Voysey, director general of the Camping and Caravanning Club, said: “These are exciting times with a new president, who is a great fit for our organisation, and a new look for the Club that’s all about welcoming everyone to the incredible outdoors.

“As an organisation we’re constantly evolving, and we’ve worked hard to reflect both the spirit of the Club and our history while also making sure we stay relevant and widen our appeal.”

Julia Bradbury, also a TV presenter, is the outgoing president of the Club, having served in the role for a decade from 2013.

She said: “I know Hamza is going to be a fantastic successor, given nature and conservation are his calling and I wish him every success in the post.”

As well as a change of president, the Club is also working to evolve its identity and ensure it is as inclusive as possible.

It aims to inspire the camper in everyone, making sure the great outdoors is accessible to all and something we can all enjoy.

A multi-million pound investment programme will go towards improving the Club’s sites and systems, contributing to a great guest experience.

The Club has recently acquired Thornton’s Holt Campsite, which is undergoing an upgrade to its services and facilities ahead of reopening as Nottingham Club Site later this year.

As for sites already in the Club’s portfolio, Ravenglass in Cumbria and Moreton in Dorset are both undergoing significant refurbishments that include the facility blocks.

The Camping and Caravanning Club is the largest organisation dedicated to all forms of camping and at 123 years old, it’s also the oldest.

It operates nearly 100 sites across the UK and while they are open to non-members, those with a membership can tap into significant benefits.


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