Playon, the international network of retired sports professionals, has appointed leading global sports travel management agency ATPI Sports Events, part of the ATPI Group, to manage the travel arrangements for the team participating in the 2017 Soccer Sevens. Playon’s tournament debut in Hong Kong will feature names such as ex-England stars Emile Heskey and David James as well as Scottish defender Colin Hendry and Dutch icon Regi Blinker.
The Soccer Sevens is an international seven-a-side football tournament held annually in Hong Kong. The event follows a two-stage format, firstly the group stage which is then followed by the knockout stage. Teams are made up mostly of academy squads from clubs in Europe who compete against players from leagues across Asia.
The ATPI Sports Events team will be responsible for the management of travel arrangements for Playon including flights and hotels bookings and on the ground transportation with on-site project management for the duration of the tournament.ATPI Sports Events has extensive experience in managing team and tournament travel programmes for Premier League, Championship and National Football teams.
The business also has involvement in managing major sporting events, including ticket packages for the Rugby Union World Cup 2015. In the wider sports arena, ATPI Sports Events is the global official hospitality agency for the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race. The company is the Official Ticket & Travel Agent (NL) for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and was recently appointed by the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) as its Official Ticketing and Hospitality Services Partner. ATPI Sports Events will also be managing the travel arrangements for the England, Wales, Scotland and Armed Forces teams participating in the upcoming Rugby League Festival of World Cups which takes place in July this year in western Sydney.