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Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) - Artistic Swimming

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is a unique and industry-leading programme delivered by Swim England in conjunction with Loughborough College.

This government-funded programme is fully integrated into all Swim England talent pathways and offers the perfect environment for athletes to harmoniously combine their sport and education.

The 2022 programme spans over two years, with each athlete being allocated an experienced Swim England DiSE Assessor who will be there to support the individual every step of the way. It is specially designed to run alongside, and complement, the athletes chosen further education, A Levels or a BTEC qualification, as well as their clubs training programme.

Delivery of the programme is done via workshops, camps, and club visits and is managed by the Swim England talent team, specialist practitioners and coaches.


The DiSE programme is tailored to the athletes and their respective disciplines, offering them the key knowledge and skills necessary in order to become a high-performance international athlete.

In addition, the DiSE programme will equip the participants with the relevant expertise and capabilities in order to have a successful senior career/post-artistic swimming career.

Topics such as lifestyle, nutrition, mental health, psychology, behaviour, and safety are some of the key components within the DiSE syllabus, as well as more practical elements such as career, finance, injuries, anti-doping and media training.

Each of the elements within the DiSE syllabus has been specifically designed to cover each and every facet of high-performance sport and will equip the athletes with the necessary tools to balance their sport and academia.

Past alumni

Past alumni of athletes to obtain the DiSE qualification include:

  • Isabelle Thorpe – Olympian Tokyo 2020, British Duet Champion and World Series Team medallist x 2
  • Daniella Lloyd – World Series Team Medallist x 2
  • Cerys Hughes – World Series Team Medallist x 2
  • Millie Costello – World Series Team Medallist x 2
  • Cerys Larsen – World Series Team Medallist
  • Daisy Gunn – World Series Team Medallist
  • Laura Turberville – World Series Team Medallist
  • Isobel Blinkhorn – World Series Team Medallist
  • Katie Clark – Double Olympian
  • Olivia Federici – Triple Olympian
  • Greta Hampson – World Series Team Medallist
  • Victoria Usher – World Series Team Medallist
  • Robyn Swatman – World Series Medallist


  • Born between the 1 September 2005 – 31 August 2006.
  • Be enrolling on to a full-time state funded further education programme (or Independent school if in receipt of at least 50 per cent fee remission).
  • Member of an English club, reside in England and eligible to represent either England, Scotland or Wales.
  • Meet the sport specific performance criteria.

View the latest details, swimmer selection policies and full government funding performance criteria can be found in the library below.

Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the DiSE Programme, click on the link below. Deadline is 22 July 2022.

If you have any questions please email rachel.weston@swimming.org or telephone 07929 835 101.