How the DiSE programme is shaping me: Ekam Dhaliwal

February 13, 2021 | by Matt Halfpenny


In the second of our series featuring DiSE boxers past and present, current second year student at University College Birmingham (UCB), Ekam Dhaliwal, explains how the programme is the perfect mix of boxing training and learning.

“The DiSE course is an excellent combination of education mixed with helping me in my aspirations in sport and boxing.

“Throughout the programme, we have learned about the roles and responsibilities the athlete has and how we can perform to our best and improve.

“Through classroom lessons, we explore topics such as strength and conditioning alongside nutrition, talking about how impactful and necessary they are to the boxer.

“In the boxing sessions, we always think critically and develop technically and tactically.

“I fully recommend this course fully to any aspiring boxer, as this course gives the full experience on how to become a better athlete whilst also gaining qualifications.”

Ekam has come through the ranks of Capitol ABC in the northern suburbs of Coventry in the West Midlands.

The 18-year-old won an England Boxing National Development Championships title at Junior level in 2018, beating Conrad Grant of Whitley in the under 50kg Class B final.

More about DiSE

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.

It is the officially-endorsed boxing education programme supported and recognised by England Boxing.

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 six hubs offering the programme across the country: Gateshead College (North East), the Joe Gallagher Academy, Manchester (North West), University College, Birmingham (Midlands), SGS College, Bristol (South West), The Spotlight Centre (London) and Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (South).

To find out more about each one, contact the coach for each one, or apply, click here.