Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) - Water Polo

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 2021 programme spans over two years, with each athlete being allocated an experienced Swim England DiSE Assesor 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-water polo 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

Complete list of athletes to obtain the DiSE qualification:

Thomas Manley – England Great Britain Jnr. – European Championships
Sophie Jackson – England Snr. GBR Jnr. European Championships, Uni. Michigan, USA
Kathy Rogers – England Snr – GBR Jnr. – European Championships, Uni. Michigan, USA
Joel Leighton – England Jnr. Snr, Great Britain Jnr. World Universiade
Katy Cutler – England, GBR Jnr -European Championships
Jordan Elliot – England Jnr. Snr. Great Britain Jnr. World Universiade
Anya Clapperton – England Senior. Jnr. European Championships
Isabelle Dean – England, GBR Jnr. European Championships
Robyn Greenslade – England, GBR Jnr. European Championships
Lara Partridge – England GBR Senior
Emily Pyper – England GBR Jnr. – European Championships
Milly Wordley – England GBR Jnr. – European Championships

  • Born between the 1 September 2004 – 31 August 2005.
  • Enrolling on to a state funded study programme (or Independent school only 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 and swimmer selection policies in the DiSE Water Polo Programme Information

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the DiSE Programme, click here. Deadline is 12 July 2021.

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