The Imperial College London has established the Developing Excellence Scheme with the purpose of implementing a financial backing system for student athletes. Support of up to £1,000, or equivalent in services, is available to individual athletes and student clubs and teams. The DES may cover a variety of expenses related to college sports, including coaching, equipment, entry fees, travel costs, support services, nutrition and physiological testing.
This support scheme is open to student athletes enrolled at Imperial College London who have achieved high standards of performance in their chosen sport. Scholars are expected to represent Imperial at national and international sporting fixtures.