This year’s British Transplant Games will be held in North Lanarkshire in Scotland from July 27th-30th and once again, the organisers, Transplant Sport, have kindly invited us to enter our Dublin Children’s Team and our Dublin Adults’ Team – every transplanting hospital in the UK has an opportunity to enter a team and given that all our Ireland based transplants are carried out in Dublin it was agreed that we would have the two ‘Dublin’ teams that encompass the entire country. People normally resident in Ireland who received their transplant outside of the country are eligible to register for either of our teams (paediatric liver, heart or lung transplant recipients for example).
The British Transplant Games are always very well organised with a huge entry (948 registered athletes in 2016!). Their children’s programme is particularly strong and I highly recommend the experience.
The event is a very good introduction to transplant sports in that you get to experience a large scale, well organised, event that is on our doorstep and you can determine your own accommodation and flight options to suit your plans / budget. If this year’s World Transplant Games are not for you I strongly recommend the British Transplant Games as an alternative.
I (Colin White) will be managing both teams’ involvement in the Games so if you have any questions please feel free to contact him in Donor House (01 620 5306) or via the contact form below.
There is a wide range of sports available over the 4 days – click below for the schedule:
To be eligible to participate in the Games you will have to get a medical form completed by your transplant consultant. you can download the medical form via the link below. Please make sure that your consultant completes EVERY section of the form. If a section is not applicable to you they should write this in that section. Please make sure that your consultant puts their signature in all places where it is requested. Forms should be returned to: Colin White, Team Manager, Irish Kidney Association, Donor House, Block 43A, Parkwest, Dublin D12 P5V6. You may put your medical form in a sealed envelope marked confidential if you do not want me to review it (I only review the forms to ensure that all the information required is present).
You can register online by clicking below. Registration fees are to be paid through the Irish Kidney Association as we manage the two teams’ involvement in the Games.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS:
As stated above, you can plan your own accommodation. I have booked into the Premier Inn in Glasgow (Motherwell). We will be responsible for our own meals. You will see during the registration process that there is a Gala celebration event on the Sunday night. It is very much your choice as to whether you attend – if the consensus of those registering is that people want to attend we can do so together. Just to give you context, at the previous two British Games those of us still around on the Sunday night booked ourselves into a local restaurant and just had a Team Ireland night – in both cases the opinion seemed to be that it was a very nice way to conclude our Games experience.
You can book your own flights to suit your own plans – look at the schedule and decide if you want to attend all of the event or just come for the day(s) of your chosen sport(s). I will be flying Ryanair (FR5774 at 2pm) into Glasgow (GLA) on Wednesday July 26th and flying home on Ryanair FR5771 at 8.40am on Monday July 31st. The venues and accommodation options are a little dispersed so I would strongly recommend considering a hire car.
To conclude, feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org / 01 620 5306) if you want to discuss the Games further.