British Transplant Games 2020 to be hosted in Coventry

Transplant survivors including children as young as five can compete in more than 25 sports.

The British Transplant Games will converge on the city later this year, as the sporting events returns for its 42nd consecutive year.

The event is the flagship project of the charity Transplant Sport whose aim is to raise awareness of the need for organ donation, encourage transplant recipients to lead active lifestyles and show appreciating for, and remember, donors and their families.

Taking place in different host cities every Summer, the games see teams from hospitals across the UK come together to compete in a medley of sports. The 4-day event attracts around 1,000 transplant athletes and more than 1,500 supporters.

Transplant survivors including children as young as five can compete in more than 25 sports.

The July 2020 games will make use of some of the outstanding facilities across the city, including Warwick University’s £49m Sports & Wellness Hub.

The Games will also shine a light on the hard work, dedication and talent of the doctors and nurses who work in hospitals across the region who bring hope to families and individuals from all over the UK undergoing transplant surgery.

The last time the event was held in Coventry in 2009, it brought a 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 this 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.”

Registration for the July 2020 games is expected to open in March 2020.