Compete and Achieve
DIS and ICON squash player Ashley Davies works up a sweat.
Mixing it with the best
When it comes to competition, Derbyshire can mix it with the very best on a local, district, county, regional and national level.
That's why it is part of the Derbyshire Sport plan to help those taking part in events up and down the country be the very best that they can be and have a number of programmes in place to do just that.
Backing the county's top talent
At the very top, the Derbyshire Insititute of Sport provides support for athletes who are not yet funded by their national governing body (NGB) but are performing to a level where it is believed they can progress to that elite level.
Alongside that runs the ICON bursary programme for talented athletes who are tipped for further success in their respective sports, and are either already competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy structures.
All of the athletes are tipped for further success in their respective sports, and are either already competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy structures.
The School Games are hugely popular.
School's out for competition
But there is also a strong emphasis on competitive sport locally, particularly in schools, where some of those taking part will be competing for the very first time.
The Derbyshire School Games, administered by the Derbyshire Schools' Sport Association (DSSA), provides that opportunity and those who excel can, in some competitions, go on to represent Derbyshire at a regional and national level.