It is one of only four colleges to being accredited by British Cycling to offer the Level three Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE).
The two-year programme, based at DCG’s Broomfield Hall College, in Morley, will enable aspiring cyclists aged 16 to 18 the opportunity to train with British Cycling coaches alongside a full-time academic or vocational study programme of their choice.
In addition, places are also available for the RIBBLE rechrg Performance Academy, which is run by DCG in partnership with Ribble junior and development road cycling team – combining topflight training with full time study.
DCG team manager Nick Ramsden said: “It is a huge accolade for Derby College Group to be one of just four colleges in the UK to offer this pathway for aspiring cycling athletes.
“Derby is fast becoming renowned a centre of excellence for cycling – not least with the velodrome facilities at Derby Arena.
“By using all the facilities available to us and utilising the support of the team of expert coaches, trainers and mentors, we will provide a clear pathway for young athletes who have their sights set on a professional cycling career.
“Our aim through the DiSE and RIBBLE rechrg Performance Academy is to enable young athletes to compete at a high level and gain qualifications to open doors to future careers in the sport.”
Tom Stanton, British Cycling’s performance pathway manager, said: “Being in receipt of DiSE places created a new and exciting opportunity for us to expand our support offer.
“As the development pathway evolves, it is key for us to ensure we are attracting and enabling the most talented athletes in the UK to British Cycling.”