ATPI Sports and Events and British Wheelchair Basketball – Delivering what really matters

July 6, 2022

British Wheelchair Basketball – being a parasport team – have a number of logistical challenges to consider when on their travels. Challenges range from accessibility requirements to ensuring the safe transportation of the specialist sports equipment that the athletes use.

The national governing body needed to guarantee that the athletes and support teams have excellent travel experiences and arrive at their destinations ready for training and competition.

Throughout this case study we discuss how ATPI Sports and Events ensured instant access to a specialised travel team, 24/7.

Who are British Wheelchair Basketball?

British Wheelchair Basketball is the National Governing Body for wheelchair basketball in the UK. Their work is far reaching, from the delivery of the Performance Programme and running the National Leagues, to engaging new participants with the sport at grassroots level across the UK.

The Challenge

The team ultimately needed to alleviate the demand on staff resource involved in travel management for their Performance Programme. With travel and competitions often taking place outside of regular business hours, British Wheelchair Basketball needed the reassurance that they had travel experts on hand 24/7 to help should it be required.

As a parasport team, the national governing body had a number of logistical challenges when travelling across the UK and abroad. These challenges ranged from accessibility, to ensuring the sound transportation of the elite sports equipment that the athletes travel with.

Athletes and support teams needed to have guaranteed excellent travel experiences and arrive at their destinations ready for training and competition.

The Solution

Since October 2019, ATPI have supported British Wheelchair Basketball’s performance teams with the logistical planning and detail required for the teams international travel, alleviating the resource requirement in-house.

Through access to a fully resourced travel team, ATPI provide a quick and exceptionally efficient service on-demand.

When the Great Britain teams travel together, this will include 24 athletes plus support staff. Alongside this, each of the team travel with elite sports chairs, wheel bags and physio equipment. This makes it logistically challenging to transport the full GB team to international competitions, however, according to Lesley Pilling, BWB Operation Director, ATPI have executed a seamless travel plan, transporting the team all over the world with both confidence and efficiency.

What does the client say?

ATPI’s service is always quick and exceptionally efficient. Over the last twelve months this has never been more important as we have required responsive support for most of our travel arrangements. Our operations and performance teams regularly work with the dedicated ATPI team, giving us complete confidence that the travel for our squads has been diligently planned.

Image credit: SA Image/British Wheelchair Basketball