Box and learn by grabbing the last DiSE Programme places in London, Midlands and North East

October 14, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


Time is running out to secure the remaining places on the DiSE programme for 2021-22 – with talented 16 to 18-year-old boxers encouraged to apply In London, the Midlands and the North East.

If you love boxing and also want to continue your post-16 education, then this could be just the opportunity you are looking for.

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

Train and learn at the same time

The two-year course is the officially-endorsed boxing education programme supported and recognised by England Boxing.

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

Tudsbury and Horn among the former students

Among the DiSE alumni are Conner Tudsbury, Harvey Horn, Niall Farrell, Paige Goodyear, Dan Woledge, Isaac Chamberlain, Carl Fail, Chris Bourke, Raven Chapman, Bradley Strand, Marcel Braithwaite, Cyrus Pattinson, Katie Lane and Liam Kelly.

“We work with existing or potential England Talent pathway boxers and have weekly coach contact for a minimum of 12 hours per week,” said the Gateshead hub’s Head Coach, Gavin Rickelton.

Your own personal programme

“Each boxer is given a personal programme to work on strengths and weaknesses, with a strength and conditioning programme and performance analysis.”

The boxing segment of DiSE is delivered by experienced England Boxing-qualified coaches and runs alongside a main study programme.

There are only 100 places nationally, so is reserved for highly competitive for elite level or potentially elite level boxers.

Highly recommended

The programme comes highly recommended, with Matt Holt, GB Boxing’s Chief Executive Officer, saying: “The pathway within the UK has produced some great boxers and the DiSE programme has helped to produce boxers that have progressed via the England Pathway and have been selected for GB Boxing.

“From our point of view, the DiSE programme supports the pathway and provides a unique blend of boxing development and education for young people.”


To enquire further or apply, please use the contact at the relevant hub below:

Gateshead College (North East): Gavin Rickelton –, 07860 376261.

The Corner Post Education Centre, Tamworth (Midlands): Ivan Cobb –

The Spotlight Centre, London: Mark Collings –, 07496 310660.

If you many be interested in the DiSE programme for 2022-23 or beyond, go to the DiSE Programme page on the England Boxing website or more details and other hub contacts.