Diploma in Sporting Excellence

“Supporting talented young athletes to combine sport and education so that they have the skills, knowledge and competence to pursue sporting excellence alongside a career.”

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2017 World Championships Silver medallist Jack Beaumont (right) is a DiSE graduate. Photo (c) Naomi Baker

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is an Education and Development programme which runs alongside the athlete’s studies (be it A levels or BTec) and their club’s training programme. Athletes are enrolled at the beginning of each academic year and the programme lasts for a minimum 18 months. At any time there is a community of athletes over 2 year groups giving the opportunity to develop friendships and share expereinces with like minded athletes. The programme supports athletes through the two years and to provide them with skills and tools to better manage education and a potential career in sport.

“The DiSE modules helped me realise what I needed to include to increase my performance!” Millie Warren 2020

The qualification carries 64 UCAS points and we deliver the  programme in topics that cover:

  • Rowing Performance (Tech, Tact, Phys, Psych)
  • Communication, Nutrition
  • Lifestyle Planning
  • Career and Finance
  • Health and Safety
  • Elite Athlete Environments

Athletes submit evidence or pieces of work, to demonstrate they meet the criteria set out by the qualification. This includes race plans, nutrition diaries and analysis, career plans, lifestyle plans. goal setting and reviews. The education delivery takes places at camps, trials, club visits, and through online seminars.

We encourage anyone who meets the following criteria to apply for the DiSE programme.

    • In education at a state-funded school.
    • Finishing Year 11 to start the programme in Year 12.
    • Planning on taking part in Junior Trials for the Great Britain Team.
    • Keen to learn, develop and share experience.

More Information: 

Apply here for the 2021/22 Season



DiSE Mentors:

Each athlete is supported by a DiSE mentor, with each mentor being a highly experienced coach. Your mentor will support you via in-person and distance-learning and will also arrange club visits to see you in your club environment. Find out more about our DiSE mentors below.

Meet the DiSE Mentors

Loretta Williams (DiSE Manager) Eddie Bryant Gabor Marton
Loretta has worked for British Rowing for 20 years starting out as a Development officer in Yorkshire, the North East and Cumbria. She has been involved in the sport of rowing however for 25 years, as an athlete and cox. Loretta is also a silver level coach and has supported athletes on the DiSE programme since 2012, and has been managing the programme since 2016
When asked what she enjoys most about the programme Loretta said “It can be the little things, those moments when the penny drops with an athlete or when an athlete tells you how much impact the course has had on a really important Championship race. Basically, it’s when you see the positive impact that being part of the programme has made to an athlete whether it’s big or small!”.
Rowing as a junior and graduating from university with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science with Physiology, Eddie took up a job as a development coach with British Rowing, involving working as a World Class Start coach with several athletes in Yorkshire. Eddie then moved to Durham School where he is now Director of Rowing and more recently Head of Boys’ Games and Director of Performance. He is a Coach Educator with British Rowing and a mentor and a Lead Coach on the Women’s Development Programme. Gabor started rowing at the age of 13, progressing into the Hungarian national team before moving to London and rowing with the Lea RC in Hackney. He is Head of Rowing at a girls’ school in Central London, as well as a Coach Educator and Women’s Development Programme Lead Coach with British Rowing. Gabor is looking forward to working with talented athletes on DiSEwho have the aspiration to progress to the international stage, as well as their coaches.
Dan Cooper Paul Willcocks Rachel Hooper
Dan started rowing in 2004, but being “slightly” shorter than his fellow crew mates he found that coaching allowed him to fulfil his sporting goals. Dan is passionate about the impact that sport can have on youth development and has coached at grassroots (LYR), club (Lea RC), talent identification and development (World Class Start) and currently works as the GB Rowing Team Junior Programme Assistant coach. Dan is also UK Anti-Doping Educator and regularly runs workshops on this subject. When asked about the DiSE programme Dan said “It is a fantastic learning opportunity for athletes that are starting their performance pathway journey as it covers so many of the skills that the individual will need.” I have a 20-year background in the Health and Fitness Industry, graduating from Surrey University with a Sports Science Degree. I started the sport of rowing quite late, at 23 with Vesta Rowing Club and then in the main with London Rowing Club.
As I moved into coaching, I spent a few years back at Vesta before taking 2 years off to retrain at University to be a Teacher. During this time, I enjoyed working at, London Scottish Rugby Club, with a strength and conditioning focus. I developed my teaching practices working within a PE department in west London, with an emphasis on A level and GCSE PE, at the same time I returned to coaching with Molesey BC, with their Juniors and finally Senior Men.
I currently am enjoying my coaching time at, St Georges College, Weybridge, whilst balancing my time as a Coach Educator on the DiSE programme with British Rowing.
Rachel Hooper is a former international junior athlete with over 20 years’ experience as a coach and coach educator. A UKCC Level 4 coach, she has recently completed a Masters in Professional Practice in Sports Coaching. Rachel holds a number of positions in the North West, including Chair of the Coaching Committee and Lead coach for the Women’s Development Programme. As a DiSE Tutor, she is particularly looking forward to working with coaches and athletes from some of the smaller programmes in the region to help them reach their full potential.
Maria Crowfoot Emily Stout
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Maria comes from a rugby background, having played from the age of 4. She has a degree in Sports Science and Geography from Loughborough University and is currently studying a masters at St Mary’s University in Professional Development: Rugby Specialism. She has a Level 3 in personal training and a level 2 in gym instructing. Maria is a level 3 rugby coach, and is Head Coach at Lichfield Ladies RFC, assistant coach with Nottingham Trent University Performance Men’s team alongside being an Elite Sports Assessor at Loughborough College on the volleyball DiSE programme. She is looking forward to working with athletes, enabling them the opportunity to develop and thrive on the DiSE programme. Coming Soon
Loretta Williams (DiSE Manager)
Eddie Bryant
Gabor Marton
Loretta has worked for British Rowing for 20 years starting out as a Development officer in Yorkshire, the North East and Cumbria. She has been involved in the sport of rowing however for 25 years, as an athlete and cox. Loretta is also a silver level coach and has supported athletes on the DiSE programme since 2012, and has been managing the programme since 2016
When asked what she enjoys most about the programme Loretta said “It can be the little things, those moments when the penny drops with an athlete or when an athlete tells you how much impact the course has had on a really important Championship race. Basically, it’s when you see the positive impact that being part of the programme has made to an athlete whether it’s big or small!”.
Rowing as a junior and graduating from university with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science with Physiology, Eddie took up a job as a development coach with British Rowing, involving working as a World Class Start coach with several athletes in Yorkshire. Eddie then moved to Durham School where he is now Director of Rowing and more recently Head of Boys’ Games and Director of Performance. He is a Coach Educator with British Rowing and a mentor and a Lead Coach on the Women’s Development Programme.
Gabor started rowing at the age of 13, progressing into the Hungarian national team before moving to London and rowing with the Lea RC in Hackney. He is Head of Rowing at a girls’ school in Central London, as well as a Coach Educator and Women’s Development Programme Lead Coach with British Rowing. Gabor is looking forward to working with talented athletes on DiSEwho have the aspiration to progress to the international stage, as well as their coaches.
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Dan Cooper
Paul Willcocks
Rachel Hooper
Dan started rowing in 2004, but being “slightly” shorter than his fellow crew mates he found that coaching allowed him to fulfil his sporting goals. Dan is passionate about the impact that sport can have on youth development and has coached at grassroots (LYR), club (Lea RC), talent identification and development (World Class Start) and currently works as the GB Rowing Team Junior Programme Assistant coach. Dan is also UK Anti-Doping Educator and regularly runs workshops on this subject. When asked about the DiSE programme Dan said “It is a fantastic learning opportunity for athletes that are starting their performance pathway journey as it covers so many of the skills that the individual will need.”
I have a 20-year background in the Health and Fitness Industry, graduating from Surrey University with a Sports Science Degree. I started the sport of rowing quite late, at 23 with Vesta Rowing Club and then in the main with London Rowing Club.
As I moved into coaching, I spent a few years back at Vesta before taking 2 years off to retrain at University to be a Teacher. During this time, I enjoyed working at, London Scottish Rugby Club, with a strength and conditioning focus. I developed my teaching practices working within a PE department in west London, with an emphasis on A level and GCSE PE, at the same time I returned to coaching with Molesey BC, with their Juniors and finally Senior Men.
I currently am enjoying my coaching time at, St Georges College, Weybridge, whilst balancing my time as a Coach Educator on the DiSE programme with British Rowing.
Rachel Hooper is a former international junior athlete with over 20 years’ experience as a coach and coach educator. A UKCC Level 4 coach, she has recently completed a Masters in Professional Practice in Sports Coaching. Rachel holds a number of positions in the North West, including Chair of the Coaching Committee and Lead coach for the Women’s Development Programme. As a DiSE Tutor, she is particularly looking forward to working with coaches and athletes from some of the smaller programmes in the region to help them reach their full potential.
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Maria Crowfoot
Emily Stout
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Maria comes from a rugby background, having played from the age of 4. She has a degree in Sports Science and Geography from Loughborough University and is currently studying a masters at St Mary’s University in Professional Development: Rugby Specialism. She has a Level 3 in personal training and a level 2 in gym instructing. Maria is a level 3 rugby coach, and is Head Coach at Lichfield Ladies RFC, assistant coach with Nottingham Trent University Performance Men’s team alongside being an Elite Sports Assessor at Loughborough College on the volleyball DiSE programme. She is looking forward to working with athletes, enabling them the opportunity to develop and thrive on the DiSE programme.
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DiSE Graduates:

Diploma in Sporting Excellence graduates include Olympians, World Championship medallists and junior world champions including:

Jack Beaumont Jessica Leyden Chris Lawrie
Jack competed at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the men’s quadruple sculls, finishing fifth and won silver at the 2017 World Championships. Jessica was the first female single sculler to win a World Rowing Junior Championships gold medal in 2013 in the year she graduated and has gone on to win bronze at the 2017 World Rowing Championships. Chris  was part of the crew who won Great Britain’s first gold medal in the junior men’s quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2015, the same year that he graduated from the programme.
Jack Beaumont :
Jessica Leyden :
Chris Lawrie:
Jack Beaumont :
Jack competed at Rio 2016 Olympic Games in the men’s quadruple sculls, finishing fifth and won silver at the 2017 World Championships.
Jessica Leyden :
Jessica was the first female single sculler to win a World Rowing Junior Championships gold medal in 2013 in the year she graduated and has gone on to win bronze at the 2017 World Rowing Championships.
Chris Lawrie:
Chris  was part of the crew who won Great Britain’s first gold medal in the junior men’s quadruple sculls at the World Rowing Junior Championships in 2015, the same year that he graduated from the programme.

Read more about the programme from the graduates:


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