Our Vision and Mission
The Switch the Play Foundation is the UK’s only charity dedicated to supporting all sportspeople to successfully transition into life outside of sport. We have a vision of a world where every sportsperson fulfils their potential at every stage of their lives. Our mission is to empower sportspeople to be their best through and beyond sport by providing person-centred training, wellbeing and transition support.
Leaving a life in sport can be really tough. Not all sportspeople win gold medals, international caps nor million-pound contracts and when their sporting careers come to an end most will need to start a second career. The evidence shows that for some, this transition can also lead to a loss of identity, a lack of purpose and financial and mental health struggles.
We aim to make athlete transition a positive experience. Preparing sportspeople for that switch will help them fulfill their potential through and outside of sport.
Who we work with
Players and athletes across all sports, at any stage of their career. It’s never too early to prepare.
Sports Clubs & NGBs
Those who have a duty of care to sportspeople including national governing bodies, sports organisations, player care managers, coaches and parents.
Partners support and help develop our programmes through funding and the creation of opportunities for the sportspeople that we work with.
Real life. Real challenges.
Read real life stories from sportspeople who have faced a transition to a life outside of sport. They explain their feelings, emotions and experiences to help you better understand what to expect and how to prepare.
We work with individuals, clubs, governing bodies, parents and organisations involved in the world of talent and performance sport. Explore our range of services designed to support your transition needs. If you’re looking for something bespoke, please get in touch.
Switched On Membership
Become part of our membership network exclusively available to both current and now retired sportspeople.
See more of how we can help you to develop your life outside of sport further.
Research and Insight
Have a look at the work we do with organisations to aid the development of holistic support programs.
StP and Mintridge train up Mental Health First Aiders
Posted on: 24 February 2021
Meet our new CEO, Rob Young
Posted on: 23 February 2021
STP HELPS WEST HAM EVALUATE THEIR PLAYERS’ PROJECT
Posted on: 11 January 2021