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The key purpose of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport is to support individual athletes to progress onto National Governing Body World Class programmes.

NB: Our application process is currently closed.  It will re open in June 2020. 

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application criteria:

  • Athletes must reside in Derbyshire or compete for a Derbyshire squad/club
  • The majority of athletes will be aged between 15 – 20, however there are some
    exceptions dependant on the sport
  • Athletes must take part in an individual sport and be competing in an
    Olympic / Paralympic disciple of that sport
Athletes must be able to evidence their potential to achieve one of the following performance targets during the coming season:
  • Win a national championship medal
  • Be selected by the NGB to compete internationally
  • Gain selection onto a World Class Potential squad
  • Have a UK ranking within the top 15 of an U17 or older age category
    (some exceptions will be made for early specialisation sports)

the dis does not support:

  • Athletes who do not live or compete for a Derbyshire squad/club
  • Athletes involved in team sports
  • Athletes involved in sports where selection for the Olympics/Paralympics is based on a professional ranking where the athlete is earning significant sums of money (e.g. tennis, golf)

NB: There are a limited number of places available on the programme, so please do not assume that meeting the criteria automatically means that you will be selected.Please answer all questions and provide as much information as you think relevant. The selection committee will look at each application closely and make a decision based on previous performances, future potential and the qualities needed to continue to progress in your sport. If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact
Chloe Maudsley – / 07507 817209


Before starting the application please downlaod the PDF which provides a list of all the questions and offers guidance notes on how to complete your answers.

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what happens next?

Once you have submitted your application, an expert panel will  discuss your application.  Within a month of submitting your application, you will receive an email to confirm whether you have been successful or not.

Good luck! 

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