England 16+ programme (DiSE)

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme is for performance players in full-time further education

About the programme

The England 16+ Programme gives the opportunity for performance players aged between 16 or over, who are in full time further education to access the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) programme, which is a government-funded scheme designed to directly measure a players’ ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in a performance context. The programme is made up of two main areas:


Players will be brought together for training weekends led by the DiSE Programme Lead and supported by the full time National Coaches / Assistant National Coach. The camps will include both on the table training and off the table physical conditioning. There will be approximately 4/5 training camps per season, and where deemed appropriate, additional training and competition opportunities in the UK or abroad.


Players will complete a portfolio of work which focuses on multiple elements of performance sport (for example, nutrition, goals setting, programme planning, etc), with players, to clearly demonstrate and evidence how they are applying this learning to their daily training programmes. The programme will bring in specialist tutors and experts where necessary to talk through different aspects of performance sport.

The programme covers a range of modules including:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Media and communication skills
  • Career development
  • Lifestyle management
Who delivers DiSE?

In partnership with Table Tennis England, the two-year DiSE programme is managed by SGS College, Bristol.

DiSE (formerly known as AASE) is part of the European Social Fund.