- The Westfield Health British Transplant Games gets support from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme
Edinburgh, Scotland, 2017-Jul-28 — /Travel PR News/ — The Westfield Health British Transplant Games – in North Lanarkshire from today, Thursday 27 July to Sunday 30 July – is amongst 14 forthcoming events taking place across the country which are benefitting from a share of £145,500 in the latest awards round of EventScotland’s National Funding Programme.
The event has been awarded £25,000, which has been used for advertising and enhancing the programme and visitor experience.
The Westfield Health British Transplant Games – the flagship event of the charity Transplant Sport – began almost 40 years ago when the first ‘Transplant Olympics’ took place in Portsmouth in 1978. Over the years the event has grown and it has been staged annually in 17 host cities across the UK, including Edinburgh in 2007, with last year’s taking place in Liverpool.
The event is expected to attract around 2,500 visitors from across the UK, with 1,000 competitors (aged between two and 80 years old) taking part. Some 89% of attendees will be from outwith Scotland. Over the four days, 25 sports and events in 14 venues throughout North Lanarkshire will be used to deliver the programme.
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. The event also seeks to thank donor families for the gift of life.
Jim McCabe, Chair of the Local Organising Committee, said: “We are delighted to be bringing the Games back to Scotland this year and very grateful for this funding support which will help us ensure that the event is as successful and memorable as possible for our participants and spectators alike.”
VisitScotland Regional Director Annique Armstrong, said: “The Westfield Health British Transplant Games is a unique and important event and also a wonderful celebration of transplant athletes and the gift of life made by donor families. I’m therefore delighted it was one of the fourteen events across the country to be chosen as recipients of this funding support.
“The National Funding Programme plays a vital role in maintaining Scotland’s reputation as a great destination for events that celebrate our culture and heritage whilst delivering real economic benefits to their local communities.”
The National Funding Programme supports the strategic delivery of events taking place outside Edinburgh and Glasgow with the aim of driving domestic tourism, delivering economic impact for local communities, and generating media profile for Scotland.
Enabling existing events to expand what they offer visitors, extend their marketing reach and enhance the on-site experience of attendees are just some of the ways that National Funding Programme support is used to help regional events continue to flourish and grow further. This in turn strengthens Scotland’s overall events portfolio – a major contributor to our national economy.
The full list of events which received support in the latest (Round 35) awards from EventScotland’s National Funding Programme are:
- British Transplant Games, North Lanarkshire: 27 – 30 July (£25,000)
- MugStock Festival, East Dunbartonshire: 28 – 31 July (£6,000)
- Aberdeen Mela, Aberdeenshire: 30 July (£9,700)
- European Dodgeball Championships 2017, Wishaw: 8 – 20 August (£9,500)
- Scotland’s Salmon Festival, Highlands: 29 August – 2 September (£5,856)
- St Andrews Photography Festival, Fife: 1 – 30 September (£5,500)
- Electric Fields, Dumfries & Galloway: 1 – 2 September (£11,500)
- Skyline Scotland, Highlands: 1 – 3 September (£12,000)
- Bo’ness Revival, Falkirk: 2 – 3 September (£8,500)
- BOWFest, Argyll: 8 – 10 September (£6,000)
- The Highland Military Tattoo, Highlands: 8 – 10 September (£19,000)
- Loch Ness Knit Fest 2017 , Highlands: 13 – 15 October (£10,500)
- The Spree, Renfrewshire: 13 – 22 October (£10,500)
- Colours of Cluny, Moray Speyside: 8 – 19 November (£6,000)
For more information on The British Transplant Games, visit http://www.britishtransplantgames.co.uk/
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