British Transplant Games takes place in Birmingham
Posted: Wed, 01 Aug 2018 14:29
The 2018 British Transplant Games takes place in Birmingham from 2nd-5th August and is set to feature thousands of athletes.
The British Transplant Games have been in existence for over 30 years and is the product of Transplant Sport, a national charity that promotes active recovery for transplant recipients.
The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families. They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the gift of life.
Held over four days, the Westfield Health British Transplant Games includes a range of sporting events and competitions, from snooker through to track and field.
Swimming will take place in the new University of Birmingham Sport and Fitness Centre with track and field at Alexander Stadium. All the other sports will be delivered throughout key sports sites such as tennis at Edgbaston Priory Club. There will be more than 20 sports available which include squash, volleyball, badminton, football and the donor run all taking place at University of Birmingham.
The opening ceremony takes places on Thursday evening (2nd August) at Symphony Hall with closing celebrations taking place at ICC on Sunday 5th August.
The games are supported by Birmingham City Council, University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity, Birmingham Children's Hospital Charity and Sport Birmingham.
In addition to organisations and athletes the games will feature hundreds of local volunteers deployed by Sport Birmingham. This year there is an increased demand on volunteers due to the increase in athletes and popularity of the host city. The use of volunteers helps increase capacity and quality of the event.
There's plenty of ways people in Birmingham can get involved, a Donor Run will take place on Saturday at the Vale, University of Birmingham on Saturday 4th August. Registration will be open from 5.30pm and costs £10 per person.