England Boxing’s Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) supports talented and committed young athletes who have realistic potential to be high achievers in their sport.

With a value of 64 UCAS points, it combines boxing and full-time education so participants have the skills, knowledge and competence to pursue sporting excellence alongside education and a future career.

DiSE offers aspiring boxers aged 16 to 19 the chance to train full-time in boxing while also studying full-time to gain qualifications that will benefit them outside of the ring.

You can study DiSE over two years alongside your school or College main study programme and is delivered by highly-qualified and experienced England Boxing coaches.

There are only 100 places nationally, so is highly competitive for elite level or potentially elite level boxers. See how to apply at the bottom of this page.

How the programme works

Education and funding

DiSE is funded by the Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) as a dual career pathway for athletes who have been recognised and nominated by their National Governing Body as having high potential for excellence.

The programme is delivered over two years, with the boxers able to choose their further education studies, such as A levels, BTEC or other vocational qualifications.

Boxers must be in full time education for the duration of the DiSE programme.


The DiSE programme is an essential part of England Boxing’s long-term athlete development pathway.

Through it, England Boxing hopes to provide talented young boxers with the opportunity to fulfil their potential and progress into future England and GB international boxers.

Sports leaders of the future

Alongside education and sporting development, the DiSE programme also seeks to develop athletes in other areas such as sports science, sports development, elite coaching or sports administration – England Boxing’s leaders of the future.

Who is eligible?

DiSE is designed for the following categories of athlete:

  • Boxers between the ages of 16 and 19 years
  • Boxers who are, or show the potential to become, elite level
  • Boxers registered with England Boxing-affiliated club only

Boxers who are interested in the programme, but feel that they do not meet one of the above categories, can still apply and will be given an opportunity to be assessed at an open assessment day.

The DiSE centres and contacts

England Boxing is partnered with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) to oversee and manage the quality of DiSE delivery at its six national high-performance boxing and educational venues, detailed below.

South East – Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Adam Haniver
DiSE Coach
07825 684196

London – The Spotlight Centre

Mark Collings
DiSE Coach
07939 851509

Western – SGS College, Bristol

Michael Biggs
DiSE Coach
07585 610374

Midlands – University College, Birmingham

Ivan Cobb
DiSE Coach

North West/ Merseyside and Cheshire – The Joe Gallagher Academy, Manchester

Tony Challinor
DiSE Coach
0161 641 3863

North East – Gateshead College

Steve Cranston
DiSE Coach


For more information and how to apply

If you require further details as a potential student or parent, please contact the relevant coach above.

You can also see more in the DiSE blog.