About
The Games

Flagship project of
the charity
Transplant Sport. 

The British Transplant Games are the flagship project of the charity Transplant Sport and have been in existence for over 40 years when the first “Transplant Olympics” took place in Portsmouth in 1978. At that time, these Games were an international event and included teams from France, Greece and even the USA.

 

Since these early beginnings with competitors, affectionately known as “99 blooming miracles”, the Games have grown and are held every year in different cities throughout the UK. The British Transplant Games have been staged annually since 1978 in 17 host cities across the UK including Portsmouth (1994), Edinburgh (2007), Belfast (1998) Medway (2012), Sheffield (2013), Bolton (2014), NewcastleGateshead (2015), Liverpool (2016). North Lanarkshire (2017) & Birmingham (2018).

1000+

Transplant
Athletes

1700+

Supporters Watching

25+

Sporting
Events

1600+

Donor Run Entries

The Games Leeds 2021

The Games aim to demonstrate the benefits of transplantation, encouraging transplant patients to regain fitness, whilst increasing public awareness of the need for more people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register and discuss their wishes with their families. They also seek to thank and celebrate donor families and the gift of life. The 2021 Games will be held in Leeds. 

12

Sporting
Venues

4000+

Individual
Entries

7000+

Bed Nights
Booked

1.5m

Direct Spend Into Economy

The Games are a mass participation major sport and cultural event for transplant recipients and their families. With live donors competing throughout the games from the ages of 3 to 80+. The games receive no central funding and all monies must be raised via the Local Organising Committee. 

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