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

Latest News
  • didi rugby CEO Vicky Macqueen joins the Switch The Play team as an Associate

    didi rugby founder and CEO Vicky Macqueen has joined the Switch the Play team as an Associate, using her own experience of transitioning beyond sport to deliver educational masterclasses to elite and aspiring athletes. The former England......


    Dale Brunton, Head of Education and Welfare at Luton FC, believes that apprentice footballers with interests outside of football have better mental health and are more prepared to handle the rejection of not securing a......

  • Retired Leicester Tiger Players Talk Transition to Senior Squad Members

    The Rugby Players Association (RPA) hosted its latest Transition Talk in conjunction with Switch the Play (StP), CEO, Leon Lloyd, and his former Rugby Union teammate, Peter Short, talked to the senior squad of Leicester......

  • An evening with Switch the Play and LAPS

    Switch the Play (StP)  is partnering with Life After Professional Sport (LAPS) to deliver the recruitment specialists first members’ meet-up training sessions. The event is being hosted by Morgan Hunt and free to all LAPS members. StP’s CEO, Leon......

  • Leadership Training for All Athletes

    “The corporate world is missing out on a wealth of wasted leadership talent because elite athletes are unaware of the skills they have developed during their careers, or do not have the confidence to step......