Today (29 November 2019) the Westfield Health British Transplant Games has arrived in Coventry ahead of the event next summer.
At a launch event held at University of Warwick’s Sport and Wellness Hub it was announced that more than 900 transplant athletes, aged from three to over 80, will travel from across the UK to the West Midlands next summer as the Games is hosted in Coventry for the first time in over a decade.
The event, which aims to raise awareness of the value of organ donation and encourage transplant recipients to get active post operation, will take place at venues in and around the city from 30 July – 2 August.
Organised on behalf of the charity Transplant Sport, the Games showcase the benefits of life-saving organ transplants and allow heart, lung, liver, kidney and other transplant recipients to compete in 21 different sporting events.
The last time the event was held in the city in 2009 it brought a huge boost to the local economy, this year it is estimated the Games will inject around £2 million into Coventry as over 1,500 spectators are also expected to travel to the city to cheer competitors on.
The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr Linda Bigham, said: “It’s wonderful that Transplant Sport and Westfield Health are bringing the British Transplant Games back to Coventry. As the City of Culture for 2021, the Games are a perfect addition to our sporting calendar over the next two years and we are looking forward to seeing the positive results that it will bring.
“This event does a vast amount of good in terms of raising awareness on a hugely-important issue and I personally look forward to meeting the competitors set to take part at the Games next summer – Coventry will provide a warm welcome for you all.”
Dr. James Neuberger, Trustee of the Management Board at Transplant Sport and consultant physician at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, added: “The British Transplant Games are a highlight in Transplant Sport’s calendar and we can’t wait for Coventry to host them this year.
“The Games are living proof that transplant recipients of all ages can lead a healthy, active lifestyle post-transplant and we want to encourage as many people to get involved as possible, whether it’s taking part or cheering our competitors on. Now the laws are changing, it’s more important than ever that people are talking about organ donation and we hope that the people of Coventry can help encourage that conversation.”
Graham Moore, Chair of Westfield Health, added: “We’ve been supporting the British Transplant Games since 2008, including the last Games’ held in Coventry in 2009. We’re so proud to be able to come back next year. Westfield Health is passionate about making a difference to communities and we’re delighted to be involved in championing the organ donation community and celebrating the gift of life. We’re excited to be arriving in Coventry for 2020, it’s going to be the best Games yet!”
For more information about how you can play a part in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2020, contact event manager Andrew Bridge on 0114 257 3170 or email email@example.com