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 highlight the challenges athletes and players face when they are confronted, often unexpectedly, with rejection and a life outside of sport, we have compiled a series of real-life case studies. Each example highlights how, with the right planning, preparation and support, it is possible for athletes to extend success and fulfilment to a life outside of sport.
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

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    Whether you’re a natural networker or a reluctant one, most of us recognise that networking events are an excellent opportunity for career and business growth. Here at Switch the Play we make sure our networking......

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    As a professional sports person, you have a personal brand.  You might not be aware of it nor spent any time cultivating it but it’s there. If I just type your name into Google, your......

  • Athlete Support Gains Momentum

    The English Institute of Sport’s (EIS) successful launch of its #More2Me Campaign last week has paved the way for other sporting organisations to create tangible support frameworks for supporting their athletes in planning for life......

  • StP Partners with LAPS for Careers Event at Adidas

    Adidas HQ is the venue for the next Switch the Play masterclass, as part of the ongoing LAPS (Life After Professional Sport) members’ meet-up event series. Held in Stockport on 27th February, the masterclass will......