The Diploma in Sporting Excellence programme 2023-2025 is part of the GBR Athlete Development Programme.
DiSE Expression of Interest Form 2023-2025 (Word document)
British Fencing is committed to providing fencers with opportunities to improve performance and develop as individuals in a cost effective way. In 2018 the British Fencing AASE programme became the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE). We have worked with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) to offer you the chance of being part of this programme.
All 16-18 year olds who have completed their GCSE year and are ranked in the top 40 (for their age on any national ranking list) are eligible to apply for this British Fencing programme. Priority will be given to fencers who are already part of the Athlete Development Programme and places are limited.
What is the Diploma in Sporting Excellence?
It is a Level 3 qualification designed for fencers who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. The programme will cover all areas of training, will help you to develop as an athlete and fencer, and gain a UCAS-recognised qualification on completion.
The Diploma is notionally a 2-year programme for fencers aged 16-18 on the 1st September 2023. They must be studying other academic qualifications at a school or college of further education. Fencers must have completed their GSCE level qualifications and cannot combine this with University education or other Level 4 qualification. So normally fencers will start at the beginning of year 12.
The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is part of the British Fencing Athlete Development Programme (ADP). There are currently 55 fencers enrolled.
Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Tariff
These qualifications are on the UCAS Tariff. Fencers who successfully complete the Diploma in Sporting Excellence will get the following qualification):-
1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence
On the UCAS tariff calculator, this diploma is worth 64 points towards University application.
The DiSE programme reflects the broad range of skills, knowledge and performance required by elite level sports people. It is designed to measure the athlete’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the technical, tactical, physical and mental aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as lifestyle, career development, communication, nutrition, and health and safety.
The DiSE programme currently runs in the following other sports: Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Equestrian, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Motor Sports, Netball, Rowing, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball. There are 1550 places available on the programme.
DiSE is designed to directly measure the athlete’s ability to apply themselves to “professional” development, covering:
These nine areas of focus directly contribute towards achievement of the certificates in the DiSE Framework.
British Fencing Programme
The programme is run as part of the Athlete Development Programme. The majority of the programme will be delivered through 20-25 contact days at weekends or in school holidays so fencers are able to stay at their school or college. There will also be online delivery and assessment.
The programme will begin in October 2023 and run as an 18-month programme, finishing in February 2025.
What do I need to do to register my interest?
Complete the expression of interest form and return it to Neil Brown, [email protected], or post it to the British Fencing office.
Please do this as soon as possible but at least by the end of August. We will provide you with further information once you have registered your interest. Completing the form does not commit you to start the programme at this stage.
If you feel that this programme is something you may be interested in do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
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