How and why we began

Our History

Derbyshire Institute of Sport was inspired by the London Olympic Games and launched in 2012 as Derbyshire’s legacy programme.  Our founding partners were University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council who funded the programme equally during its formative years.

Although Derbyshire had produced champions in the past, the aim was to create a systematic model of support to give the most-talented, individual athletes of the county the best possible chance of achieving their Olympic/Paralympic dreams.

For its first eight years, the programme centred on high-performance athletes in Derbyshire, offering them vital support in strength and conditioning, physiotherapy, psychology, nutrition and lifestyle.  The target was to develop 20 world-class athletes by 2020, which we achieved in February of that year.

In 2017, DIS became a Community Interest Company, meaning that we have a social purpose and we exist to benefit the community rather than making a profit.

Starting in 2020, the work of the DIS expanded to deliver its world-beating support services to more athletes. We have also focused the knowledge and experience of our own team of champions on creating exciting, new learning and personal development opportunities for coaches, parents, teachers and business people.

Our high-achieving experts have developed online services that can be delivered to anyone with aspirations to be a champion at any level, anywhere in the world.

The DIS mission is to develop, inspire and support champions.


What we believe in

Our Values

Our commitment is to offer a unified human-centred approach to developing champions, whether that be an athlete, a coach or a business owner.  We combine our areas of expertise to create a service that is truly unique to each client.





What we do

Our Work

Our work is split into three key areas

  • Developing champions
  • Inspiring Champions
  • Supporting Champions
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Our Team

In order to create champions, we need a team of champion staff – All our team have significant experience in performance sport, either as an athlete, coach or practitioner.

Chloe Maudsley

Managing Director

Lloyd Madsen

Marketing & Social Media

Andy Wood

Head of Performance

James Quinn

Strength and Conditioning Coach

David Sprot


Laura Wake

Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach

Alex Van Enis

Strength & Conditioning Coach

Nicky Gilbert

HCPC Registered Dietitian Registered Sport and Exercise Nutritionist (SENr)

Elaine Pritchard


Dr Phil Clarke


Our current sponsors:

Lobina Transport
University of Derby
Golden Dreams
HUUB Design
Invictus IFA
Smith Cooper
Remarkable Smiles