The 41st edition of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games will be held at venues across Birmingham between 2-5 August this year, with the majority of the Games taking place at the new facilities at the University of Birmingham.
The British Transplant Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, both through encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness and by increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the 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 descend on the city.
As well as making use of other outstanding facilities across the city including the ICC and Alexander Stadium, the University of Birmingham will host 75% of the sporting activities in the recently opened Sport & Fitness Club on the Edgbaston campus. With 28 different sports ranging from adult, child, social and competitive, the Games are expected to attract 2,500 visitors to the city. The University facilities will accommodate a range of sports, from adult and child swimming in the 50m pool, to squash in the 6 glass-back squash courts, to obstacle courses in one of the three arenas. The Vale student village will also become an athletes’ village for the duration of the event, with 2,000 rooms already booked up.
There’s also a chance for University of Birmingham students to volunteer at the Games – click here if you would like apply.
Last weekend, the team managers of the event including some competitors visited the campus from all over the country to see the facilities and accommodation and seemed impressed – so here’s hoping the weather is a little warmer when they come back in August!