Snowsport England – DiSE Programme
What is it?


Snowsport England’s Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme is aimed at athletes between the ages of 16-18years who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in snowsport, and who are keen to continue their education at the same time.

The DISE programme combines practical and theoretical aspects of Snowsport Performance and will begin in September 2023.

The main purpose of the DISE programme is to support talented athletes to combine sport and education so that they have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to pursue a dual career in high-level sport alongside separate paid employment in the future. It is open to 16-18 year olds who are aspiring to become elite athletes on the Snowsport England Talent Pathway. It is aimed at athletes who are also enrolled on a study programme at a school/college and can be studied alongside existing education for the 2 year duration.

How the programme works


DiSE is a government-supported and funded initiative aimed at recognising and supporting the development of young, talented athletes. The DiSE programme is overseen by Sport England.


The programme, delivered over a period of two years, offers a combination of educational opportunities and performance training, where students can earn a qualification for evidencing their snowsport development.

The programme will require candidates to attend a blended mixture of online webinars and tutorials, with potential in-person support offered during the summer months in 2024. All sessions will be scheduled to best fit around the snowsport calendar. There is an expectation that when in their own training environments, athletes will be collecting evidence to support their achievement on the DiSE programme. Snowsport England works in partnership with Loughborough College to deliver DiSE.


What does it cover?


The DiSE programme has been designed to help athletes progress in the pathway and on their individual personal development journey.


“On Snow” elements including technical skills, tactical awareness, physical fitness and psychological skills aspects related to Snowsport.


“Off Snow” elements include aspects such as: Career and personal development Lifestyle organisation

Communication skills (including social media) Nutritional planning (including anti-doping) Money management Personal safety and wellbeing

Who is Eligible?


Snowsport England has 8 places for a September 2023 start.


We would expect athletes applying for DiSE to hold a FIS licence, be selected to an England or GB Squad. If no squad is selected, then FIS performances will be taken into account. Athletes need to be enrolled on a full-time education programme at a Sixth Form/FE College in September 2023.

What will I gain at the end of the programme?


After the final completion of the DISE programme (July 2025), athletes will have achieved the Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE).


The DiSE programme, certified by Pearson, is also worth 64 UCAS points. The deadline to apply is Monday 30th August 2023

Please complete the expression of interest form

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