British Transplant Games
British Transplant Games
On Thursday 27th July the opening ceremony for the British Transplant Games will begin, and this will mark the start of 4 days of great sport taking place in North Lanarkshire. The games will be staged across several venues, with the opening & closing ceremonies being held at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility. As well as Ravenscraig, the other NLL venues being used are Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex, Wishaw Sports Centre, Lochview Golf Centre, Strathclyde Country Park & the Time Capsule. As well as these venues, other sporting venues across North Lanarkshire are also being used to host different sports.
Here in North Lanarkshire, everybody associated with the games is extremely proud to be hosting the event. The games first took place in Portsmouth in 1978, and have taken place annually since then. Making this year’s British Transplant Games the 40th edition of the event. Originally, the games were an international event featuring athletes from across Europe, and some even travelling to compete from the USA. Today, the event is a British affair with teams entering from several hospitals and constituencies across the country. Many of the competitors who will be taking part in the games, also go on to compete at the World Transplant Games.
Preparations for the British Transplant Games have been ongoing over the last couple of years since North Lanarkshire was awarded the games in 2015. It is expected that over 750 competitors will take part, with close to 2000 spectators cheering them on over the course of the four day event. Those competing in the games range in ages from just a few years old, to as old as 70. Therefore the event has a great mix of real sporting competition, with some fun filled elements thrown in as well.
The games have several different aims and purposes. They of course encourage transplant patients to get back into sports and return to fitness – something which can be a great aid to the recovery of transplant patients. As well as this, the games also support raising awareness of organ donation and urge people to talk to their families about their wishes when it comes to the topic of organ donation. The games also look to thank and celebrate donor families and the overall gift of life.
A whole raft of various sports will be taking place throughout the four day spectacle, and these include Athletics, Badminton, Swimming, Squash, Tennis, Football, and much more.
We would like to urge all of you in the local area to go to your nearest NL venue to spectate & support the athletes who are taking part during the games. The games will be a great event which we hope the local community will really get behind.
A full list of the sports and the times at which they will be taking place can be found here: http://bit.ly/2u91mjn
Due to the games taking place, some disruptions to service will occur in the run up to the games, and during the games. These disruptions can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/2u7FoNx