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DiSE - DIPLOMA in Sporting Excellence

What is DiSE – the Purpose / Delivery  

DiSE stands for the Diploma in Sporting Excellence. It is a government funded scheme designed to directly measure the sailor’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate aspects of Sailing. The DiSE programme is run in partnership between British Youth Sailing and Loughborough College. In addition to time spent on the water honing the technical and tactical elements of sailing, the DiSE programme will cover a range of modules:       

  • Mental Skills       
  • Nutrition
  • Lifestyle
  • Health & Safety
  • Careers
  • Finance
  • Communication
  • Injuries
  • Culture, Value & Behaviours  

The vast majority of portfolio work will be completed during the camps. Upon completion, sailors will be awarded a Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence, and 64 UCAS points.


This is only available to sailors in England (home countries; Scotland and Wales at discretion of Sport England) and sailors must be starting year 12 in the forthcoming academic year commencing September; in Further Education or School. The sailor cannot be on an apprenticeship or be employed. The sailor can be in public / private education, however we would require evidence if the sailor is in a scholarship or bursary as follows:   ·        

The student is in receipt of the school’s means-bursary of at least 50% fee remission;


The student is in receipt of a talent / ability-based scholarship of at least 50%, but were this not to be the case, then they would have otherwise qualified for the school’s means-tested bursary of at least 50% fee remission;


At least 50% of the student’s fees are being paid by a third sector organisation but were this not to be the case then they would have otherwise qualified for the school’s mean-tested bursary of at least 50% fee remission

Sailors will need to meet academic requirements in order to be considered, with 5 GCSEs of minimum grade 4, including Maths and English.  Sailors should have ambition to be part of and progress within the British Youth Sailing Pathway. Evidence of the circumstances surrounding any Maths and English resits would be required. Sailors are required to be a member of the RYA.

Duration of the Programme

The minimum duration of the programme is 18 months; this is a part time study programme that sits alongside the sailor’s chosen Further Education (school / college) subjects i.e. A Levels and BTEC’s.  There is no requirement to travel to Loughborough College.


British Youth Sailing have to bid annually for the number of places from Sport England.  We do not normally find out if we are successful until the Spring.  Following this we will be able to provide clarity on how this fits within our programme and advise on the application process (further details will be supplied once available).

DiSE Performance Manager: Jack Grundy 

DiSE Operations Co-ordinator and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) for the DiSE Programme at the RYA: Sarah Marjoram (




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