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The Switch & Step Challenge

Event Details

01 April 2021 to 30 April 2021

Be active every day in April, National Stress Awareness Month.

Virtual - keep to the government guidelines on COVID-19.

It's time to step up for sportspeople.

For many sportspeople, coping with life through and beyond their sport has never been tougher.

Challenge yourself to be active every day in April - or set your own challenge - and raise vital funds for Switch the Play Foundation.

Sign up today

Click the logo to sign up. Join anytime from the 1st April.

Sportspeople are not invincible.

Postponed events, abandoned seasons, cuts to sports funding. These are just some of the issues causing huge career uncertainty and mental health challenges for thousands of professional and semi-professional sportspeople throughout the UK.

Sadly, one in five sportswomen believe they may have to give up their sport because of the impact of COVID-19. More than 60% of the UK's top female athletes make less than £10,000 per year (SportsProMedia / BBC - August 2020). Meanwhile, 88% of male footballers who have been let go from clubs in England's top four leagues said they had experienced depression or anxiety since being released (ITV - February 2021).

When you #SwitchAndStep in April, you will be raising vital funds to help Switch the Play Foundation provide wellbeing support for sportspeople leaving a life in sport, helping them transition successfully into the next chapter of their lives.

Ready for the challenge?

Sign up by donating £5 via our Enthuse platform, then set up your fundraising page. Take part individually or as a team.

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Do your best to switch off stress

If you can, get outside - in line with the current restrictions - to walk, run, wheel, cycle or swim each day in April. The benefit of doing so is huge – taking part in physical activity regularly has a really positive impact on our mental and physical health. One of the many benefits is that it helps us all to cope more effectively with the stresses of these difficult times.

Download our FAQs document to learn more about the challenge.

Three steps to #SwitchAndStep

1. Sign up

Sign up for #SwitchAndStep here by making a £5 donation to Switch the Play Foundation. This donation will also guarantee you one entry into our exciting #SwitchAndStep prize draw!

Register now

2. Switch it up

Switch between walking, running, wheeling, cycling or swimming. Link to Strava or enter activity on your fundraising page. Home workouts count too!

3. Step up

Set your fundraising target (£50 minimum). When you #SwitchAndStep, you’re helping to let sportspeople know that you are supporting them every step of the way – through and beyond their sporting career.

Are you a sportsperson?

Are you feeling the stresses of sport and life during this challenging time? We are here to help.

Contact us

Good luck!

We are here to support you with your fundraising every step of the way, so do get in touch if you have any questions.

Email our Fundraising Manager