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
  • Switch The Play Partners with Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation

    Wasps Legends Charitable Foundation, the past players network of Wasps, men and women, amateur and professional, will be selecting a combination of current Wasps RFC (men), Wasps FC Ladie , Wasps Netball and Wasps Legends......

  • Chris Brindley awarded MBE

    Chris Brindley Awarded MBE

    We are delighted that our Non-Executive Director, Chris Brindley, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for his outstanding services to sport. As Non-Executive Director at Switch the Play, Chris plays a......

  • Kate Haywood Switches The Play

    Former Elite Swimmer Switches the Play with new Corporate Role

    Maximising your Network and recognising Transferable Skills are just two of the keys to successfully transitioning out of elite sport, says Kate Haywood, former Olympic Swimmer and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year (2003).......

  • Switch the Play Hosts Think Tank with Sporting Legends

    Switch the Play’s CEO Leon Lloyd, and Chairman Craig Donaldson (CEO of Metro Bank), chaired the first in a series of significant Positive Transition Think Tanks designed to create a Duty of Care framework to......

  • Mintridge Ambassador Training Day with Switch The Play

    Switch the Play continues its partnership with Mintridge Events, delivering its third Ambassador training day earlier this month (June 18) at the delightful Witham Hall. Ben Croucher spoke to Ambassadors about the key principles behind......