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Raising the profile of transition in sport

Following the success on the field of play at Rio 2016 recent weeks have provided the opportunity to highlight a different but arguably more important part of the elite sporting story, transitioning to life after sport. There are not many things certain in life but for any athlete the reality is their career will end at some point, whether those that is the young people who don’t make it as elite athletes, people whose careers are cut short by injury, or people ‘lucky’ enough to retire on their own terms. 

This transition presents a whole different set of challenges and unfortunately not all are able to easily find fulfillment in whatever they choose to do next. Many leave sport with no plans or support for their life or a career afterwards. Sadly there have been many high profile recent examples of what can happen when this transition doesn’t go well.

Switch The Play, a social enterprise focused on supporting people to fulfill their potential through and beyond sport, has been on the road in recent weeks to help raise the profile and offer its support. This includes supporting the Athlete Futures event and delivering a seminar on professional player transition at the Rugby Expo in November. To see content from the day please visit - 

This week the team hosted a network event at Loughborough in London on the Olympic Park bringing together current and former athletes, representatives from National Governing Bodies, Player Associations, and organisations supporting this agenda to share the latest insight on the challenges and solutions on this important subject. See more here  

To find out more about Switch The Play please visit