Derbyshire Institute of Sport
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games were the catalyst for producing a systematic approach to developing champions in Derbyshire – and the DIS (Derbyshire Institute of Sport) was the result.
Derbyshire was already home to good athletes, but there was no support system in place to create a pipeline for world-class champion talent to be consistently developed.
DIS adds value to existing support by providing a wrap-around, caring programme offering: strength & conditioning, physiotherapy, performance psychology, nutrition, and mental fitness.
Managing Director Chloe Maudsley, and all the specialists at DIS, have significant experience in performance sport, either as an athlete, coach, or practitioner. It is their understanding of elite sports that has helped DIS produce 25 world-class athletes and counting.
Since March 2020 it has expanded its work to offer more support to more young people, teams, squads, clubs, coaches and local businesses.
DIS plans its work on four-year Olympic cycles. Chloe explained: “The four years from now until 2024 will be our most challenging, but we are confident that Derbyshire will be well represented at both the 2022 Commonwealth Games and the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
Chloe is passionate about the purpose of DIS, which extends way beyond competitive sport: “Our work is focused developing life skills that prepare people for a happy and healthy life. Some of the most essential traits that people learn with us are resilience, motivation, self-regulation, self-awareness, and communication.”
Derbyshire-born Chloe said: “I absolutely adore the Derbyshire community and I am extremely proud to be managing a programme that has a real impact on local people’s lives. Derbyshire is an exciting place to be and it’s great that we are able to help showcase Derbyshire on the world stage through the amazing talent we have here.”