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Getting behind the British Transplant Games

Written by SPT 21/07/2017

SPT is supporting the British Transplant Games which, this year, take place in North Lanarkshire from 27 to 30 July.

Approached by North Lanarkshire Council, SPT is supporting the local council and the Games by organising transport arrangements for the competitors and their families to the Games venues in North Lanarkshire from their accommodation to the Games.  It is expected that the majority of participants will stay in Glasgow, due to the greater availability of hotels.

SPT Assistant Chief Executive Eric Stewart said:

“We are delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile event and help with travel arrangements for the competitors and their families.  These promise to be fantastic games with more than 850 competitors taking part and some 1500 supporters expected to attend.”

The British Transplant Games have been in existence for more than 30 years and are the flagship event of Transplant Sport.  The Games, which are open to children and adults, have been held annually in cities across the UK since 1978.

The majority of this year’s games will be held mainly around Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, but other venues within North Lanarkshire will also feature.  During the four days of games, more than 850 transplant recipients will take part in more than 25 sporting events from athletics to archery, swimming to squash, badminton, cycling and netball.  There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Developed by the Transplant Surgeon Maurice Slapack, the Games were originally an international event welcoming teams from France, Greece and even the USA.  Today the British Transplant Games see teams from hospitals across the UK come together to compete, with many athletes also going on to take part at the World Transplant Games.

The British Transplant Games help deliver Transplant Sports aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families along with bringing together the transplant community to celebrate the gift of life.

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