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Paintball enjoying variable success in Latvia

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Paintball* is not only an extreme and exciting way to relax, but also a world-famous sport. Despite it was introduced in Latvia 15 years ago, still specialists differ on its popularity in Latvia.

Peintbola klubs 1942 representative Gatis Bērziņš told the business news portal BNN their main aim is to do away with the stereotype paintball is expensive cooperative entertainment.

This is already another stage, so we want to stress everyone can afford it, he says.

Simply to try this out in Peintbola Parks 1942, it is enough with five lats per person. While if he or she is really keen on paintball, it is about ten lats provided there are about eight people in the team, Berzins explains.

He also points out what they offer is very much different from what other clubs do, namely, it is theme paintball or war simulator with the elements of paintball.

The club has been operating for three seasons as it was launched during the economic recession in 2009. We faced the same challenges as everyone, the expert says, adding that, currently, they focus on larger turnover, with almost no profit and 20 000 lats has been invested in the pitch. The founders of the business hope to break even in two years.

In terms of demand, it is quite good. About 160 teams have already made bookings up to August, 10 persons in each team. Weekends are fully booked with 60 players a day, 10-15 teams a week.

While Mežaparka peintbola parks representative Lauris Streņģis claims the popularity of paintball is dropping and the biggest activity was three years ago, when new paintball parks and pitches were built. However, the crisis added to most of them not being launched at all. Still, it is unlikely the type of entertainment will disappear as such as there are people really keen on it or playing paintball at a professional level.

The competition in the sector is very fierce, Strengis says, pointing out there are many paintball parks, offering different prices.

Location is our advantage because usually clubs are somewhere outside Riga and some people find it difficult to reach them. Similarly, we also try to stick to quite low prices of 5-7 lats per person, he stresses.

Paintball club Jugland instructor Dmitrijs Andrejčuks specifies it is exactly sport paintball whose popularity is shrinking due to limited financial means of people. Whereas, paintball as a kind of entertainment is doing very well.

Everyone can play paintball regardless their age or fitness. Often people celebrate their birthdays or bachelor parties with elements of paintball, Andrejčuks says.

Moreover, he believes the competition is not tough and there is no price dumping as all paintball clubs get along smoothly and even collaborate.

Namely, we rent our paintball equipment to smaller clubs if they are to service some larger teams, the expert says.

Paintball is a type of sport with players competing in teams or individually «to shoot» their opponents with capsules containing coloring.

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  1. says:

    Usually, new things have to first grow on the people to become more popular, so maybe after some years it will boom here.

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  2. Fantine says:

    I had no idea how to approach this before-now I’m locked and leoadd.

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