The Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS), an organisation intent on getting more budding athletes from Derbyshire to compete at major sporting events, has joined forces with local accountants and business advisors Smith Cooper, announcing a sponsorship agreement.

Established in 2012, the DIS have a phenomenal track record of nurturing local sporting talent, supporting over 150 athletes on bespoke sporting programmes, 31 of which have been in the last year.

Many athletes who have been through the DIS programme have gone on to compete at World Class level, including professional tennis player Jay Clarke.

David Nelson, Senior Partner at Smith Cooper comments “We’re proud to be sponsoring DIS and advocate the fantastic work they do for young athletes in Derbyshire. As an organisation, we too are passionate about our local areas and the ambitious enterprises that begin here, particularly those striving to make a difference to the lives of young people.”

“Our partnership with DIS allows us to exercise our passion for the sporting sector, whilst supporting a completely unique organisation on a mission to inspire and support Derbyshire’s up and coming athletes, helping them on their journey to become world class champions and showcasing the very best of Derby’s sporting talent.”

Chloe Maudsley, Head of Operations at DIS comments “Our sponsors are crucial to our existence, so we are delighted to have Smith Cooper on board for our journey to success. We are an immensely ambitious organisation and proud to support some of the counties best individual athletes, offering them the opportunity to excel in a global arena.”

DIS is funded entirely on fundraising initiatives, including grants, donations, and corporate sponsorships. If you’d like to hear more about the opportunities available, get in touch with Chloe Maudsley at chloemaudsley@derbyshireis.co.uk.