We are thoroughly delighted to welcome the Switch the Play Foundation (STP) as an Includability Giving Partner for 2023. We will proudly sponsor and promote STP’s events and fundraising campaigns.
We are proud to support the STP cause by giving 5% of our fee for every new Includability Committed Sport Setting to sign up to our community platform and undergo our bespoke Verification Process for sports clubs and organisations, and we will give 10% of our fee for direct referrals from STP.
Who are Switch the Play?
In a world enamoured with the dazzling universe of sports, what often goes unnoticed is the journey of sportspeople once they step outside the limelight. The transition from high-octane athletic life to a mainstream lifestyle can be overwhelming. Yet, every sportsperson holds within them an ocean of potential waiting to find a new avenue of expression. It's this essential transition that the Switch the Play Foundation ardently supports.
Established in 2014 and gaining charitable status in 2020, it stands as the UK's sole charity dedicated to aiding all sportspeople transition smoothly into life beyond sport. The senior team includes CEO, Rob Young MBE - whom some of our members may remember from our recent Employer Support Group - and Includability Ambassador and Wellbeing Verification Partner Matt Lock who became Athlete Services Manager role for STP earlier this year.
What is Switch the Play’s Impact on UK Sport?
The inception of Switch the Play was spurred by a diverse mix of individuals - sportsmen, sportswomen, seasoned practitioners, academics, and business professionals. They not only comprehend the emotional whirlwind post the curtain fall on a sporting career but also recognise the requisite to empower individuals to tread a new yet rewarding path. This sentiment is firmly anchored in their vision, which aspires towards a world where every sportsperson is capacitated to fulfil their potential at every life stage.
The ethos of Switch the Play centres around delivering a robust duty of care both within and beyond the sporting sphere. Their “prac-ademic” approach, a harmonious blend of practical and academic insights, ensures a broad-spectrum perspective in devising the right solutions. A testament to their impactful work is reflected in their substantial outreach - 79 masterclasses and webinars, a vibrant community of 180 Switched-on members, and 1066 beneficiary attendances catering to athletes from various clubs, organisations, and governing bodies.
Why did Includability Partner with Switch the Play?
As they now partner with Includability in our recent Sport Setting endeavour, it's a venture promising a more inclusive, well-rounded support framework for sportspeople. Switch the Play's person-centric training, wellbeing, and transition support services are slated to play a pivotal role in this collaboration, offering bespoke, high-quality services that resonate with individual needs and aspirations.
The essence of this partnership goes beyond mere transition; it's about igniting a new flame of possibilities, where sportspeople continue to shine bright, with their legacy echoing through different walks of life. So, as we embark on this new journey with Switch the Play Foundation, we're not just celebrating a partnership, but nurturing a future where the spirit of sportsmanship prevails through and beyond the sporting arena.
What is the Includability Sport Setting Standard?
The Includability Sports Standard employs expert verification partners with experience in both grassroots and elite sports settings Our partners work closely with sports clubs and associations, offering invaluable advice and guidance on developing and implementing effective strategies across Diversity & Inclusion, Sustainability and Impact, Talent Management, Mental Health, Wellbeing, and Leadership & Governance.
Often it is the responsibility of just one person or a small team to devise, implement and deliver the D&I, Sustainability, Wellbeing or Mental Health strategies across an entire organisation.
By becoming part of Includability, our Verification Partners can help you to understand where you are currently on your journey and where your future ambitions lie. Our Includability Community can then help your organisation understand how you can develop across our key pillars.
Whether you are at Grassroots level or an Elite sports organisation or association, going through the Includability Verification Process offers great value in terms of measuring and assessing best practice and developing a roadmap to become a more inclusive, sustainable and mentally healthy organisation.
Join today to become an Includability Committed Sport Setting