British Judo has launched a bespoke Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE) running from six Performance Pathway Centres within England targeted at aspiring judoka aged 16-18.

The Diploma will offer the opportunity for players to increase their weekly training volume while working towards a vocational qualification that is now recognised by UCAS. DISE is designed to support and complement a player’s club and area training.

Players must be a minimum of 16 years of age with English & Maths GCSE’s (C minimum) to qualify for the course. Those without the required grades may be considered if they opt in to resit the exams or complete Key Skills certificates. Students ideally must be a minimum orange belt in judo, although there is room for discussion around gradings.

The British Judo DISE programme is a key part of the British Judo Performance Pathway and technical & physical delivery will soon be linked to the British Judo Trademark model.

The six Performance Pathway Centres that run the DISE programme are:

Venue Open Day Times
University of Bath 29th May 10.00 – 2.00
Camberley Judo Club 16th May 9.00 – 12:00
Comberton Judo Club 30th May Time TBC
Kendall Judo Club 28th May 9.00am onwards
Redbridge Judo Club 25th April 16.00-21.00
University of Wolverhampton By appointment Please contact

There will be an Open Sign Up Day to be held at the British Judo Centre of Excellence, University of Wolverhampton (Walsall Campus) on 29th August 9.30am – 4.00pm

If you have any questions about the course, why not read our Frequently Asked Questions to see if these will answer your enquiry.

To download an Expression of Interest form, please click here: Expression of Interest Form

If you’re interested in taking part in the programme please complete the expression of interest form or get in touch by emailing