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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    We’re delighted that for a limited period we’re offering the first hour of all our one-to-one coaching and mentoring programmes for free. Throughout summer 2019, when many sports seasons have come to an end and......

  • Motorsport UK Engages Switch the Play

    Motorsport UK, the national membership organisation and governing body for motorsport, has engaged Switch the Play to deliver training to their young drivers on preparing for life outside of sport. This kicked off recently with a Transition 101......


    Rugby league professionals are learning about financial planning, with a focus on preparing for their life after sport, thanks to a new Financial Wellbeing Educational Masterclass. Delivered jointly by social enterprise Switch the Play and......

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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......

  • Take Control of Your Brand

    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......