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How DIS Works

Gym work forms part of the training programme of DIS athletes.

High performance coaching

The DIS recruits leading coaches within badminton, basketball, cycling, golf, swimming, table tennis and tennis.

These highly qualified coaches provide an invaluable resource to supported athletes, creating bespoke programmes and improving their technical ability to ensure they maximise their potential.

How DIS' Performance coaches go about their work

The DIS athletes have access to a host of specialist performance coaches for different sport who are experts in their field and able to work closely with athletes to improve their performances.

Click here to view more details of the performance coaches.

Bespoke athlete progress

Athletes are invited onto the DIS programme on an annual basis and must continue to meet challenging performance criteria.

Individual performance analysis supports athletes to continue to make physiological and technical improvements.

Derbyshire Institute of Sport - Performance Coaches

Watch how the DIS coaches strive to get the best out of up and coming Derbyshire athletes.

Strength and conditioning (S&C)

All athletes are invited to attend either the bespoke performance gym at the University of Derby or the local authority leisure centres in Chesterfield.

Each athlete has access to individual athletic reviews and personalised training plans from our qualified practitioners. All S&C training in the performance gym is supervised by experienced Strength and Conditioning coaches.

The S&C coaches work directly with sports coaches, often in the sport specific environment, to ensure a close working relationship and joined up working. Each athlete's S&C programme is developed to directly improve the sports specific movement patterns.


The DIS provides a complimentary, free-of-charge physiotherapy service to all athletes.

The physiotherapists work in close partnership with the sports coaches and Strength and Conditioning coaches to provide a joined-up support service.

As well as individual appointments, the physiotherapists work directly from the gym so they are able to monitor athletes movements and offer advice and guidance.

Nutritional advice

The DIS arranges a series of nutrition workshops for athletes to attend free of charge. The advice varies from basic nutritional advice to what to eat before or after competitions.

In addition, the DIS works directly with a Sports Nutritionist to offer one-to-one nutritional support, including the monitoring of food diaries and setting nutrition plans.