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DiSE stands for Diploma in Sporting Excellence, a programme which British Weight Lifting are running within the Talent Pathway. This has been designed to meet the needs of young athletes aged between 16-18 who have the potential to progress within the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

British Weight Lifting DiSE programme

What is DiSE?

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme is run in partnership between British Weight Lifting and Loughborough College. It’s a 2-year programme where aspiring athletes can learn industry and personal skills to equip them to succeed in the future.

The DiSE programme will provide athletes with unique opportunities to work with specialist practitioners in areas such as psychology, nutrition and lifestyle. Athletes will also be able to engage with BWL coaches who can provide support to them and the athlete’s personal coach.

The BWL Training Syllabus will expose athletes to the specific demands of weightlifting. By the end of the DiSE programme athletes will have an understanding of the specific skills and behaviours that are required to become a great weightlifter. Athletes will then be able to determine what is optimal for them and begin to adapt training to best meet their individual needs.

We help athletes succeed in sport, academics and life and strongly believe this programme gives athletes some of the tools they need to thrive in life as well as weightlifting.

As part of the 2-year programme, athletes: 

  • Receive mentoring and support.
  • Are equipped with the necessary skills, behaviours and abilities to progress on the Talent Pathway.
  • Attend camps and train in a high-performance setting.
  • Receive objective feedback on their technical and physical development.
  • Have opportunities for 1-2-1 sessions with specialist support staff.

Upon successful completion of the DiSE qualification athletes will receive 64 UCAS points (currently equivalent to BTEC extended Diploma at Merit, Pass, Pass and 2 x A levels at C’s). The Diploma in Sporting Excellence can add weight to your personal statement or CV if you are to pursue an alternative career and field of study alongside sport.

What topics does DiSE cover?

Over the 2-year programme athletes will complete the BWL DiSE Training Syllabus, which includes focused sessions around technical, tactical and physical improvement. Athletes will cover a number of modules across a 2-year programme, including:  

  • Technical, tactical and physical development in Weightlifting
  • Injury prevention
  • Psychological skills
  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle
  • Career planning
  • Financial planning
  • Communication and media
  • Anti-Doping (Lift Clean awareness)
  • Health and Safety
  • Culture, values and behaviours

Athletes will also have an opportunity to access additional CPD courses to further their knowledge in the sport.

Who is eligible for DiSE?

Every athlete who is interested in being part of the British Weight Lifting DiSE programme will need to complete an expression of interest. British Weight Lifting and Loughborough College will then complete eligibility checks to determine if an athlete is eligible for the DiSE programme. Some key eligibility requirements are listed below:

  • Athletes must be aged between 16 -18 (aged 16 on 1st September 2021)
  • Athletes must be in full time education (or approved part time study). Athletes who are part of an apprenticeship, in private education or at an independent school do not qualify
  • Athletes should be on the British Weightlifting regional talent pathway programme, or will be enrolling onto the talent pathway programme
  • Athletes must be prepared to sign up to a 2-year programme (commitments will avoid A-Level exam periods)
  • Athletes must be a current resident in England

Apply for DiSE 2022-24

Please complete the expression of interest form by clicking the button below. The questions provide us with the necessary additional information for BWL to select athletes for the programme starting October 2022 and running to July 2024. The information we require is spread over a number of short responses with an anticipated completion time of  approximately 20mins.

All responses will be collected and saved securely according to BWL and Loughborough College GDPR protocols

We look forward to receiving your responses.

expression of interest form

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