Fulfilling potential through and beyond sport

Smoothing Transition

We are a social enterprise dedicated to improving the support offered to elite and aspiring athletes and players as they transition to a life outside of sport.


Through the expertise and first-hand experience of our team members, which include decorated sportspeople in their field, Beth Tweddle, Leon Lloyd and Emma Mason. We aim to make a positive difference to the lives of thousands of athletes across all sports through influencing policy and working collaboratively with Clubs, Governing Bodies, Player Associations, parents and the athletes themselves.

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Real life. Real challenges.
To bring things to life, we’ve compiled a selection of stories from elite and aspiring athletes that highlight the real challenges of dealing with rejection and facing a life outside of sport. Each case demonstrates how it’s possible to enjoy an incredibly fulfilling and successful life outside of sport when athletes receive support This support, coupled with an existing inner drive to succeed, have been proven to translate into a winning formula.
Help from industry experts

Through our extensive work with elite and aspiring athletes, we have a clear understanding of the challenges faced and opportunities presented when moving from a life in sport to a life outside of sport and have developed a range of products and services to help athletes make this transition.


We help our athletes in the following ways:


  • Masterclasses – our in-depth education programme which can be tailored to an athlete or club’s specific requirements
  • Switched On – an Athlete Membership network that includes a unique online platform that our athletes use to showcase their impressive sporting and non-sporting portfolios and helps to translate their transferable skills
  • One to one mentoring – our athletes have access to those who have walked the walk as well as leaders in business, providing invaluable advice along the way
  • Influencing Duty of Care policies – working with clubs and professional bodies to ensure the needs of their athletes are being met

Latest News
  • Switch the Play strengthens its board of Directors

    Switch the Play (StP) has appointed former international badminton player and Sports Lawyer, Emma Mason, to its Board of Directors in a strategic role designed to help drive growth in the organisation as it seeks......

  • BBC State of Sport report 2018

    The ‘State of Sport’ report published by the BBC, successfully raised the national awareness of the challenges facing athletes as they move from a life inside sport to a life outside. Compiled from evidence submitted......

  • New Apprenticeship rules could help young athletes

    Switch the Play Directors Steve Mitchell and Rob Young MBE, were joined by Associate Darren Lawrence on a recent tour of seven Premier League footballs clubs. The team were providing Clubs with independent expertise and......

  • Beth talks about her transition story on 5 live Drive

    Listen to Beth talk about her transition story on 5 Live Drive Time Show alongside Switched On member Danielle Brown. This aired the day that the State of Sport 2018 was released. Beth and Danielle......

  • Switch the Play shows athletes how their skills can work on and off the field

    On March 21st, Switch the Play will be hosting a Transferable Skills Masterclass at Hartpury College, Gloucester, that will teach both current and former athletes how to identify those skills which can be transfered into......