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Approved Clubs

Clubs and Gyms are the bedrock that underpin British Powerlifting and these offer an invaluable location for training and meeting likeminded people. Whilst Powerlifting is in many ways a personal undertaking, with some lifters choosing to train alone and even in the home gym environment, we cannot stress enough the value of training in a safe facility with knowledgeable, trained, and experienced lifters and Coaches.

We are pleased to now offer an option for suitable Clubs to become 'British Powerlifting Approved'.

What are the benefits of becoming an 'Approved Club'?

  • Each Club will receive an 'Approved Club' Certificate to show their status.
  • Each Club will receive a British Powerlifting gym poster.
  • Approved Clubs will be listed on our official register of Clubs.
  • Approved Clubs can apply for a 10% rebate from Club Member entry fees to British Championships.
  • Approved Clubs will be eligible for a special discounted rate on Eleiko products.
  • By becoming an 'Approved Club' you will demonstrate your commitment to running a safe, responsible and credible training environment, as well as working as an ambassador for British Powerlifting.

How to become an 'Approved Club'

There is no cost to become an approved club, however as part of the application process there are a variety of criteria that each club must meet and provide evidence for. These are as follows:

  • Club and its members must be covered by its own insurance, or that of the facility where it is based.
  • Club Secretary must be a current member of British Powerlifting.
  • Club must have a qualified first aider.
  • All Club officials/volunteers must be DBS cleared.
  • Club must have a current British Powerlifting Referee (Any Category: Divisional - IPF Cat2).
  • Club must have a British Powerlifting Coach (Level 1 or Level 2).
  • Club Officials must hold a current 'Coach Clean Programme' certificate. See our anti-doping page.
  • Club must have a qualified Safeguarding Officer. 

N.B. Multiple criteria can be met by a single individual.  Copies of all certificates will be required, as proof of validity, e.g. an up-to-date and signed off 'Referees Book/Card', 'British Powerlifting Coaching Course' certificate, or current insurance document etc...

Download the Approved Club Application form and Checklist. 

For more information about registering an Approved Club, or submitting an application and supporting evidence, please contact Pete Stone: 

For useful advice about setting up your own sports club, please visit: 

Register of Approved Clubs

Isle Of Man

Revolution Gym IoM

Contact: Lisa Grant


Tel: 07624 207544

Fusion Barbell IoM

Contact: Sam Murphy


Tel: 07624 409316

Northern Ireland

Viking Barbell North Coast

Contact: Richard Lappin


Tel: 07900053800

South Midlands

Milton Keynes Barbell Club

Contact: Faye Jordan


Tel: 07862759851

Greater London

British Powerlifting Approved Club 'British Barbell'

British Barbell

Contact: Rebecca Heath


Tel: N/A

P10 Powerlifting Club

Contact: Paul Marsh


Tel: 07862759851

South East

Astor Powerlifting Club

Contact: Club Manager - Adam Reilly


South West

Gloucestershire Powerlifting

Contact: Ryan Edwards


Andy Liddle: 07900 808067


Swindon Barbell Club

Contact: Club Secretary - Chris Gutteridge


Yorkshire & North East

Leeds University Powerlifting Club

Contact: Luke Easton


North West

Lean Body Strength Club

Contact: Josh Lancaster


North Midlands 

Old Tyme Strength

Contact:  Chris Roberts


Home Country - Club Affiliation Schemes

In addition to the British Powerlifting 'Approved Club' programme, some Home Countries may also run affiliation options to help promote clubs in their area.  The Home Country schemes generally have a less rigorous application process and would be an ideal starting point for clubs who are currently working towards achieving British Powerlifting 'Approved Club' status.

Members of English Divisions should visit the English Powerlifting Association website to find out more.

For information regarding clubs in Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland, please visit the appropriate Home Country website .

UK Powerlifting Club & Gym Finder

We also publish a list of UK Powerlifting Clubs and Gyms. This list is designed to help British Powerlifting members, and prospective members, make contact with likeminded people in their area.  However, unlike our registered 'Approved Clubs' scheme, British Powerlifting does not vet or endorse, and can not verify for the suitability or safety of, any facility listed.

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