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Club Durham

Club Durham is a free service which brings together a wide range of support which is available to clubs and community groups delivering sport and physical activity, to help create safe and enjoyable environments for all who participate in a wide variety of sports and physical activity across the County.

Club Durham will support you with accessing a wide range of training, tools, and resources. We will help you understand your management, members, and volunteers, develop your skills, access funding opportunities, and create a more sustainable club or group along the way.

Get involved, get information and advice by visiting the Club Durham website where you can register online.

Durham Institute of Sport (DIS)

County Durham has a legacy of producing sports men and women who have competed at the highest level in their chosen sport. To help maintain this, DIS helps nurture and develop our sporting talent of the future. We work together with the best performers and sports practitioners, and provide support and assistance to optimise training, preparation, and performance in athletes.

Discover the impact DIS has had on County Durham’s next generation of elite athletes.

Durham Institute of Sport Transcript.pdf

DIS is delivered in partnership by Durham County Council and Durham University.

Our Athlete Support Scheme provides athletes with easy access to essential training facilities. Support may be subject to change:

  • free access to our leisure centre facilities (fitness gym and swimming pool) during opening hours
  • free access to strength and conditioning training at Durham University
  • free access to a range of specialist workshops
  • discounted physiotherapy
  • discounted sports psychology

There are strict eligibility criteria for applications as places are limited. DIS is specifically intended to support athletes performing and working at top tier county level (minimum) through to international level, and as the performance pathways for different sports vary hugely, the relevant National Governing Body (NGB) of sport is consulted to ensure that support is offered appropriately.

If this is your first time applying, please email us for advice on the eligibility criteria and how to apply. Applications open each year in February, and annual membership is April to March.

Community sport development