The 41st edition of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games will be held at venues across Birmingham between 2-5 August this year. It’s the first time the Games has ever come to the city, and the University of Birmingham is proud to be hosting 75% of the sporting events!
The British Transplant Games aims to both encourage transplant patients to regain fitness and compete against each other, and raise awareness of the much-needed NHS Organ Donation Register. Birmingham, being the city that performs the most transplants than anywhere else in Europe, and having recently completed its 5000th liver transplant, was a clear choice to host the Games in the year when other major sporting events such as the World Indoor Championships also descended on the city.
As well as hosting all the competitors and their families in our ‘Athlete’s Village’ in the Vale student accommodation, campus will be buzzing with activity between 2-5 August. With 28 different sports ranging from adult, child, social and competitive, the events include outside netball tournaments, archery, swimming in the 50m pool, indoor obstacle courses in the Arenas, squash in the 6 glass-back squash courts, and the highly-anticipated cup stacking! Being the first time the Games have ever been hosted in Birmingham, it is set to be a fantastic event – bringing together transplant patients, encouraging recovery and fitness, in addition to raising awareness of the Organ Donation Register.
Other outstanding facilities across the city will also be used for events such as the Opening Ceremony, including the ICC and Alexander Stadium, but the University of Birmingham will host 75% of the sporting activities in the recently opened Sport & Fitness Club on the Edgbaston campus, and the new tennis/netball courts in between the 3G and hockey pitches parallel to the Bristol Road. The Games are expected to attract 2,500 visitors to the city, including participants, spectators, organisers and friends and family. We can’t wait to welcome everyone to the Games!