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Durham Institute of Sport


County Durham has a legacy of producing sports men and women who have competed at the highest level in their chosen sport. To help maintain this, the Durham Institute of Sport (DIS) helps nurture and develop our sporting talent of the future.

Discover the impact DIS has had on County Durham's next generation of elite athletes.

Durham 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.

Athlete Support Scheme

Our Athlete Support Scheme provides athletes with easy access to essential training facilities.

Support available

  • Free access to our sports facilities.
  • Free access to strength and conditioning training.
  • Free access to a range of specialist workshops.
  • Discounted physiotherapy.
  • Discounted sports psychology.

DIS eligibility criteria

There is strict eligibility criteria for applications for the athlete support scheme. Before commencing your application to the athlete support scheme, please carefully read  Icon for pdf Eligibility criteria - Athlete Support Scheme (PDF, 213.4kb)  

How to apply

The Athlete Support Scheme is currently open from Monday 16 July to  Friday 31 August 2018. For more information on how to apply please  contact us.

Contact us
Culture and Sport
03000 266 555
Our address is:
  • Regeneration and Local Services
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL

Durham Institute of Sport
03000 282 012
Our address is:
  • Culture and Sport
  • Durham County Council
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UQ
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