What are the British Transplant Games?
The 41st edition of the Westfield Health British Transplant Games will be held at venues across Birmingham between 2nd and 5th of 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 descended on the city this year.
As well as making use of other outstanding facilities across the city including the ICC and Alexander Stadium, the University of Birmingham will host a huge 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 – including a 5k fun run from the Vale - the Games are expected to attract over 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.
How can I get involved?
Having such a positive event right here on campus is a brilliant excuse to watch some sport in the sun! There are opportunities to spectate at all the events both in the indoor and outdoor facilities – so whether you fancy watching an indoor obstacle course, some tennis on the brand-new courts, or having a quick look at the swimming from the comfy chairs of Costa, there’s a whole range of events to come and support – for free!
For the more energetic among you, there will be a Donor Run from 6.30pm on Saturday 4th August which is open for anyone to enter. The scenic run, with both 3k and 5k options, will start at the leafy Vale Village and route through campus – a fantastic way to show your support, get involved and make use of the car-free roads! Entries cost just £20 for an adult and go to the amazing cause.
How will the Games affect campus during these days?
With a record 1060 transplanted competitors signed up, plus spectators – it will mean that campus will be slightly busier during this time period. As there will be more people on campus, parking spaces will inevitably fill up quicker than normal during the day. Furthermore, the Fun Run on the Vale will partly take place on Edgbaston Park Road, meaning the road will be closed on the evening of Saturday 4 August. See below for the full list of updates during the Games:
- Bournbrook car park (next to the blue and red hockey pitches) will be closed from 1st to 5th of August inclusive to make way for the hospitality area. This area is open to anyone to come and browse but will mean the car parking options are not available during this time.
- The ground floor and levels 1-3 in the North East Car Park will be reserved for the duration of the Games, for use by participants.
- There will be a short road closure between the Vale and campus (Edgbaston Park Road, from the Vale traffic lights to the Bristol Road junction) for the 3k and 5k runs on the evening of Saturday 4th August.
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