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Institute backs talent academy for future sports stars

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Derbyshire Institute of Sport has given its backing to a new talent academy designed to support futures sports stars.

A collaboration between DIS, South Derbyshire District Council and Active Nation, the South Derbyshire Talent Academy offers a support scheme aimed at encouraging sporting excellence.

The academy, which has 60 places available and is open to all age groups, will support talented sports people and children to realise their potential, whether it be at county, regional, national, or international level.

The district council is using funds from its former sports pass and grants scheme, which supported DIS-trained athletes para swimmers Lewis White and Megan Neave, and javelin thrower Bekah Walton, who recently retained her British javelin title.

Applications are invited to the scheme, which will offer an annual pass to Green Bank (Swadlincote) and Etwall Leisure Centres and a programme of workshops hosted by DIS’s world-class coaching team.

The applicants can come from any Sport England recognised sport and must be South Derbyshire residents.

The council’s active communities and health officer Laura Winter said the new strategy would give an “amazing opportunity” to talented children and adults alike.

She said: “We are delighted the DIS has stepped in to offer the excellent coaching which has developed champions.

“Athletes in South Derbyshire have never had the chance to take part in anything like this and I hope they take the opportunity and apply.

“The level of coaching expertise is excellent, and Derbyshire should be proud to have the community interest company on our doorstep.”

Chloe Maudsley, founder and managing director at DIS, said: “Today, the Commonwealth Games begin just down the road in Birmingham and we expect around 15 of our athletes past and present to take part.

“This scheme is testament to the vision of South Derbyshire District Council to encourage sportsmen and women and children.

“We are looking for anyone of any age who wants to develop and learn more how to excel at their chosen sport.

“We are proud to have had ten athletes at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics last summer and have a great coaching team who know how to get the best out of athletes.”

The closing date for the scheme is Sunday, 31 July. To apply visit

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