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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.

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.

DIS eligibility criteria

There is strict eligibility criteria for applications for both the athlete and coach support scheme. Before commencing your application to either the athlete or coach support scheme, please carefully read  Icon for pdf Eligibility criteria - Athlete Support Scheme (PDF, 213.4kb)  and  Icon for pdf Eligibility criteria - Coach Support Scheme (PDF, 189.0kb)

Athlete Support Scheme

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.

How to apply

The Athlete Support Scheme is currently closed. For further information on how to apply please contact us.

Coach Support Scheme

Support available

  • One-to-one strength and conditioning coach visit.
  • A series of coach education workshops including:
    • What does a good performance coach look like?
    • Strength and conditioning
    • Nutrition and ergogenic aids
    • Performance psychology
    • Injury prevention
    • Performance analysis and measures
    • Evaluation including periodization and planning

How to apply

The Coach Support Scheme is currently closed. For further 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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