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Durham Institute of Sport - Athlete Support Scheme

Durham Institute of SportDurham Institute of Sport (DIS) supports the development of the county's talented athletes and coaches and helps them achieve their sporting potential. We work hand-in-hand with the best performers, coaches and sports practitioners, and provide support and assistance to optimise training, preparation and performance.

DIS is specifically intended to support athletes and coaches performing and working at county level through to international level, and as the performance pathways for different sports vary hugely, the relevant National Governing Body (NGB) of sport is consulted to ensure that support is offered at the right level.

DIS is delivered in partnership by Durham County Council, County Durham Sport, Durham University and Leisureworks.


Before commencing your application please read the eligibility criteria below.

Support available

  • Free access to sports facilities.
  • Free access to strength and conditioning training.
  • Free access to a range of specialist workshops.
  • Discounted physiotherapy.
  • Support to access grants and to manage finances.
  • Athlete mentorship.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed but will open again in January 2018, keep an eye on our social media for more information.