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Durham Institute of Sport - Coach Support Scheme

Durham Institute of Sport Coach Support Scheme 2017 – Applications OpenDIS logo white

We are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 Durham Institute of Sport Coach Support Scheme.

The Durham Institute of Sport Coach Support Scheme aims to create a network of likeminded coaches working either in a First Selective Environment (i.e. those involved in District level) and above, or working with athletes on NGB performance pathways. 

We are offering a programme based on feedback gathered from those coaches on our previous two schemes, which indicated that the use of the 70:20:10 Framework would be really beneficial; and offer a range of opportunities to Performance Coaches to help them develop skills and feel supported on their continual learning journey

The Programme will be piloted from the end of April to the end of July 2017, and we are looking for 10 coaches to take part in the first instance.  Places on the programme will cost £25pp (non- refundable), which is excellent value for money

The 70:20:10 Framework is a learning and development reference model which captures the three types of learning - experiential, social and formal (the numbers being only a contextual indication of each component of learning)

  • The 70 - Experiential/Experience - learning and developing through day-to-day tasks, challenges and practice, reflecting on both informal and formal learning, and incorporating it into your practice
  • The 20 - Social/Exposure - learning and developing with and through others from coaching, via online and face to face networking as well as mentoring and buddying
  • The 10 - Formal/Education - learning and developing through workshops, courses and programmes

The Durham Institute of Sport Performance Coach Support Scheme offer will include the following opportunities:

  • Be matched with and have access to a mentor (a Sport or Strength and Conditioning Performance Coach from Durham University)
  • Be part of a community of likeminded coaches through both face to face and online networking to learn from and share experiences with
  • Have access to online resources
  • Buddy up with another coach(es) from the network
  • Attend a series of networking events which will include a suite of workshops (which will look to enhance your current coaching skills to help make your athletes more resilient – both physically and emotionally/mentally) - listed over:




2017 DATES


Introduction + Injury Prevention


18.30pm – 21.00pm

25th April

Durham University

Planning and Periodisation


19.30pm – 21.00pm

3rd May

Durham University

Flexibility and Mobility


19.30pm – 21.00pm

10th May

Durham University

What is Talent? -


18.00pm – 21.00pm

23rd May


A Head for Talent


18.00pm – 21.00pm

6th June


Talent across the ages


18.00pm – 21.00pm

22nd June


Getting Better, Better


18.00pm – 21.00pm

4th July


Evaluation/Celebration Event


18.30pm – 20.30pm

18th July

County Durham Sport

 All workshops will be held at Durham University, The Graham Sports Centre, Maiden Castle, Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3SE.

n.b.   The four ScUK workshops form the Talent Foundation Series, and is for high-performing coaches with an interest in talent development, working, or having a desire to work, with emerging athletes within the England Talent Pathway. You will explore the definition, understanding and research associated with talent in sport, discussing the implications for you and your athletes/players with coaches from other sports.  Because the nature of talent development is so varied, your workshop experience will be very much focused on what you and the rest of the group want to get out of that particular workshop, meaning you get a highly relevant, personalised experience.  For more information on each of these workshops go to:

Eligibility criteria

The coach support scheme aims to provide opportunities for male and female coaches, including those with disabilities, who satisfy the following criteria:

  • You’re over 18 years of age
  • You hold a minimum of one Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) qualification
  • You currently coach athletes performing in a First Selective Environment (i.e. those involved in District level) and above, or working with athletes on NGB performance pathways i.e. part of their County, Regional or National squads
  • Coach or live within the County Durham boundaries
  • You are able to fulfil the requirements of the Programme

You must also be willing and able to:

Enter into a Programme agreement which will ask that you:

  • Attend at least 5 networking / workshop sessions
  • Enter into a Mentorship agreement (if applicable)
  • Keep a log of learning, development and reflection, demonstrating how your involvement in the Scheme has impacted positively on those talented athletes you work with  
  • Demonstrate a willingness to improve your coaching skills and knowledge
  • Be willing to contribute to the DIS Coach Support Scheme evaluation
  • Pay £25

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

The Application Form is below to complete.

For Further details email

Closing date for applications is Thursday 13th April 2017