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Switch the Play Foundation Announces New Advisory Boards

Posted on: 02 June 2021 by Luke Jennings/Charlie Belbin

Switch the Play Foundation has set up ‘Changing Lives in Sport’ advisory boards to support the charity in its mission to empower all sportspeople to be their best through and beyond sport. 

Made up of independent volunteers from a mix of sporting and business backgrounds, the Changing Lives in Sport advisory boards will provide expert and objective advice to both the Executive Team and Trustees.

There are two advisory boards: one focused on Fundraising and the other on Athlete Services. Both will be chaired by a Switch the Play Foundation Trustee and include a member of the Executive.

Athlete services advisory board

The athlete services board will help with the development of current and new support to sportspeople, bringing insight from the world of sport and business to ensure all beneficiaries are given the confidence to transition to life outside of sport successfully. This board includes:

New advisory board member Tom Brown said, “I am delighted to be joining Switch the Play Foundation as a Senior Volunteer on the Athlete Services Advisory Board. I have benefitted from the services which Switch the Play Foundation provide as a professional athlete. As I am encountering my own transition from professional rugby, I am passionate about the well being of all sports people, including future planning. I am looking forward to working closely with an exciting group of people on the Board whilst continuing to develop my own skills and experiences.”

Fundraising advisory board

The Fundraising advisory board will support Switch the Play with the delivery and execution of its first fundraising strategy since becoming a registered charity last year. It will help Switch the Play raise crucial funds to enable the Foundation to continue to provide vital transition and wellbeing support services for sportspeople. This board includes:

Switch the Play Foundation CEO Rob Young said, "I am really excited to be able to formally announce the appointment of our new Advisory Board members and to welcome them all to the Switch the Play team. This has been something that we have long had on our wish list to be able to do and it is brilliant to be able to make this a reality. The Athlete Services Advisory Board is incredibly important in being able to ensure that we are fulfilling our charitable purpose and making a positive difference to the lives of current and former sportspeople, whilst the Fundraising Advisory Board is critical in helping us to ensure that cost is not a barrier for sportspeople being able to access support. It is clear from having met the senior volunteers that we are really privileged to have found such a fantastic group of people who want to help contribute to our cause."

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