Newport businesses attended a special breakfast this morning to officially launch the British Transplant Games, which will take place in the city next year.
The British Transplant Games, sponsored by Westfield Health, will be staged in Newport from July 25-28 next year.
At today’s business breakfast, held at Rodney Parade, guests heard from organisers and previous Games competitors – including Justin Grace, the lead sprint coach of Team GB’s Olympic cycling team who received a liver transplant two years ago.
Guests were told the Newport Games would feature 24 sports for competitors of all ages and abilities.
More than 1,000 athletes and their supporters are expected to register for the Games from 60 transplant centres across the UK.
The Games are expected to generate 8,000 bed nights for Newport and an economic impact of around £2 million in direct spend and place marketing.
The British Transplant Games have been staged annually since 1978. Host cities have included Cardiff, Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow, Manchester and London. This year’s Games took place in Birmingham.
Next year’s British Transplant Games will be staged in partnership with Newport City Council, Newport Live, Welsh Government, NHS BT, Anthony Nolan, Donor Family Network and KidneyCare UK.