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  • Published: 1 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473595927
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

All to Play For

How sport can reboot our future




How the power of sports can unite and heal our fractured society.

'A timely, engaging and thought-provoking read from an ideal guide to explore what the future may hold.'
Dan Roan, Sports Editor, BBC News

'Matt shows with great insight and wisdom how (sport) can form the foundations for future discovery, development and ultimately, happiness.'
Ben Ryan, Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Rugby Coach and Author Sevens Heaven, Daily Telegraph Sports Book of the Year 2019


Sport can save us.

After a fractious decade following the 2012 Olympics, sport - one of our few remaining collective rituals - is entering its golden age. An increasingly powerful force for good, it is undergoing a dramatic transformation that will positively impact our lives, on and off the pitch.

From the collective shared experience of a nationwide event and the individual benefits gained from lacing up your trainers and getting out there to the political power of a footballer's Twitter account, All to Play For is a roadmap for the way that sports can unite us in the worst of times. Illuminated by interviews with a diverse range of sports insiders, including fitness guru Joe Wicks, gold medalist Greg Searle, the mind behind the viral 'This Girl Can' campaign, Tanya Joseph, and running obsessed rockstar Johnny Marr, All to Play For dives into the past, present and future of the industry to show how sport will lead us out of the darkness and guide us in a post-pandemic world.

Covering the rise of the athlete activist, the necessity of grassroots organisations, the secret recipe for making sport an effective tool for change and ten bold predictions on how it will guide us in the future, this is an examined look at why sport has the power to heal a divided world.

  • Published: 1 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781473595927
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

Praise for All to Play For

A sensitive exploration of the role exercise, nutrition and lifestyle can play in enabling happy, healthy lives.

Dr Tasmin Lewis, Medical Director at Wellgevity and Former Professional Triathlete

Almost reads as a love letter to the transformative power of sport and exercise. As engaging as it is important.

Vassos Alexander, Sports Presenter, Author and Trustee of Stormbreak

Sport gives us all a platform to make change happen. This superb book shows why our time is now.

Ugo Monye, England Men's Rugby International, Guardian Journalist and BT Sport presenter

Sport has a unique ability to connect, inspire, and break down barriers. It is not just for elite athletes, it is for us all. This book beautifully shows us a positive way forward for our society, with sport at its centre.

Alex Danson-Bennett, Olympic Gold Medallist, Team GB Women's Hockey Team

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