What we do - Our purpose
The DIS provides bespoke support services to individual athletes, sports teams and club members to enable them to achieve success.
Working together, for you, the team at DIS is committed to developing champions and delivers a caring service that is unique to each person and their goals and ambitions.
All members of the DIS team have experience of performing or coaching at high levels. This means that we understand the support that needs to be in place for you to realise your dreams.We have been providing dedicated, first-class, innovative sports science and lifestyle support to athletes since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In recent years, we have expanded our services. On top of traditional sports support, such as physiotherapy and strength and conditioning, we also provide performance psychology, performance nutrition, and performance lifestyle.
Importantly, the DIS operates as a team. All our staff members connect the services they deliver into one cohesive, caring support network. By sharing challenges, knowledge and innovation, our team drives a co-ordinated, high-quality approach that provides excellent value and optimum results for individuals, clubs and teams.
Our passionate practitioners work across more than 40 different sports.
It’s a great feeling to get on the mat, knowing that I’ve worked with an expert team to do everything I can to be the best I can be.
Judo, Junior Commonwealth Champion
Who we are - Our team
To create champions, we need a team of champion staff. All members of our delivery team have significant experience in performance sport, either as an athlete, coach, or practitioner. We understand that achieving in sport demands more than attending every training session.
Former world-class athlete and business professional for more than 18 years.
Head of Athlete Development
An ex-international athlete and experienced UKSCA strength and conditioning coach.
A former world-class coach who led national badminton teams through five Olympic cycles.
Specialist in foot and ankle injuries who has worked with Olympians and Paralympians.
Clinical Dietician and Sport Nutrition Advisor
More than 20 years’ experience working in high-performance environments with professional sports stars.
Dr Phil Clarke
Former international player, now specialising in performance psychology.
Alex Van Enis
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Sports player currently undertaking a PHD in Neurophysiology, Biomechanics and Strength and Conditioning.
BAFTA award winner with more than 25 years experience in creating compelling content and communication.
The DIS is a Community Interest Company governed by a Board of Directors who guide the strategic direction of the organisation. The Board is chaired by Michael Kirkland and is supported by two more directors, Sam Rush and Lindsey Hatfield.
How we work – Our values
Our Values Charter defines the way we work with people. It shows you the behaviours that you can expect from us and mirrors what we expect from you. These values run through us as individuals, and collectively as a multidisciplinary team, like strands of DNA. They overlap and weave into each other to create a powerful, unbreakable chain. We have three core values:
How we operate – Our business model
Our founding partners were University of Derby, Derby City Council and Derbyshire County Council who funded DIS equally during its formative years.
In 2017, DIS became a Community Interest Company, meaning that we have a social purpose and we exist to benefit the community rather than making a profit.
We work tirelessly to keep our costs for athletes as low as possible through a range of fundraising activities and sponsorship agreements. As well as this, we have begun to develop a range of products for young professionals and the business community. These activities help to keep our costs as low as possible for young people who dream of becoming a champion in the sport they love.